The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends teens should see a gynecologist for their first exam between the ages of 13 and 15 years. While this may seem young, this is when girls' bodies are in the middle of significant hormonal changes, and getting compassionate, private medical guidance during this time is vitally important for ensuring health and wellness are maintained through the teenage years and beyond.
The primary purpose of most initial visits is to develop a rapport and a feeling of trust so young women feel confident discussing their concerns and asking plenty of questions. In addition to conversing about sex and health, a basic exam will be performed, which may include weight, height, blood pressure and a clinical breast exam. Although it most likely will not include a pelvic exam (unless specific symptoms are present), the vulva will be examined to look for signs of infection of abnormalities.
HPV stands for human papillomavirus, an extremely common family of viruses, some of which have been linked with the development of genital warts and an increase in the risks of certain types of cancer. HPV is so common, most sexually-active people come in contact with it at some point, and in most cases, the body is able to eradicate it. But sometimes, the virus persists and causes problems. The HPV vaccine is recommended for both girls and boys to help prevent infection with the HPV virus.
Depending on whether the teenager is sexually active and if she's in her late teens, a pelvic exam may be performed to check for signs of disease and ensure optimal health.
Please always verify we participate in your insurance plan when you call to schedule your appointment as our participation with different plans may change from time to time. We also strongly recommend that you contact your insurance carrier to verify your coverage, benefits, limitations and exclusions prior to appointment.
For insurance plans with which we participate, we will seek to obtain verification of your eligibility. However, even when coverage, benefits, and eligibility are verified, your insurance plan will not guarantee the accuracy of their confirmation.
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