A lady’s first gynecologist go to ought to occur on the age of 21 for cervical most cancers screening, nonetheless, any lady or teen who’s youthful than 21 and is sexually energetic ought to be seeing a supplier who’s snug with gynecologic take care of annual chlamydia screening. Annual chlamydia screening is advisable for sexually energetic girls age 24 years and youthful. Screening for different sexually transmitted infections may be wanted. Urine screening could be very efficient, so taking a pelvic examination out of the equation usually makes this screening simpler for a lot of girls no matter age.

Different causes to see an OB/GYN earlier than the age of 21 embody irregular durations, heavy durations (soaking onto garments is an efficient proxy for being heavy), or interval ache that’s interfering with day by day actions regardless of using over-the-counter ache drugs, comparable to acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

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For a younger lady who has by no means had a pelvic examination I like to recommend a “get to know you” go to with an OB/GYN earlier than her go to for cervical most cancers screening. It is a good time to develop a rapport with out the fear of an examination looming within the background. A great physician ought to be capable of present your daughter the instruments she or he makes use of in the course of the examination, speak to her in regards to the significance of cervical most cancers screening and screening for S.T.I.s, and ease any issues she has in regards to the examination.

If a teen or lady has been utilizing tampons or a menstrual cup, then she could have a larger diploma of consolation with the examination, however everyone seems to be completely different. As an skilled in ache with intercourse, I hear from many ladies who have been traumatized as younger girls by painful exams. A pelvic examination shouldn’t be painful; there could also be stress or it could really feel “bizarre,” particularly to a younger lady who has by no means used a tampon or menstrual cup, nevertheless it mustn’t damage. Inform your daughter that if a pelvic examination is painful, she ought to let the physician know and ask them to cease.

One thing to consider: As a guardian, it is very important suppose forward health-wise about your daughter’s transition from adolescence to maturity. Take into account that whereas they might inform you in any other case, some teenagers are already sexually energetic or are planning to be sexually energetic. That’s one purpose to supply to let your teen converse to her physician with out you current for a part of the go to. This fashion she will converse freely.

Dr. Jen Gunter, Twitter’s resident gynecologist and creator of The Vagina Bible, is teaming up with our editors to reply your questions on all issues girls’s well being. From what’s regular in your anatomy, to wholesome intercourse, to clearing up the reality behind unusual wellness claims, Dr. Gunter, who additionally writes a column known as, The Cycle, guarantees to deal with your questions with respect, forthrightness and honesty.

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