Gynecologists provide important health services for girls and women. Find out more about when girls should start seeing a gynecologist and why this type of healthcare is an essential part of staying healthy as girls and women age.

When to Start Seeing a Gynecologist

Girls who are between 13 and 15 years old should begin seeing a gynecologist. Pelvic exams are not always done at this age, but gynecologists can discuss development and other reproductive health concerns with teenage girls at these appointments. Girls can also receive preventative care for reproductive issues, such as HPV vaccines. Keep in mind that it’s even more important for teenage girls to see a gynecologist if they have are experiencing any issues with menstruation or if they are sexually active.

Importance of Regular Gynecology Visits

As girls and women get older, regular gynecology visits are an important part of protecting their health. Depending on age and other factors, such as sexual activity, patients can discuss or receive birth control, undergo a physical exam and discuss any concerns they have about their period or possible reproductive health issues. Gynecologists can check for early signs of reproductive problems that require treatment, such as endometriosis, cervical cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

How Often to See a Gynecologist

Girls and women should have an annual gynecological exam done. These helps ensure that any reproductive health problems that they have are caught and treated early. Girls and women who are having problems with their period or experiencing other health symptoms should also see a gynecologist for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options if needed.

Contact Antheia Gynecology today to schedule your next appointment.