There are plenty of books and articles that give advice to pregnant women about what to expect come childbirth and motherhood, but what about the young generation of teens emerging into womanhood…? These girls need advice too, maybe more so at that age than any other. When these changes in the female body start to happen, the first step is to visit a gynecologist. This can be a scary experience for a young girl – and they are just that: young. Teenagers are starting to see an obgyn much earlier in life now for reasons such as wanting to go on birth control, having heavy periods, or needing the HPV vaccine. Feeling nervous before your first gynecologist appointment is normal, and it can help to talk to a parent or friend, or even let the doctor know you are nervous when you meet him or her.
If you are the mother of a teenage daughter and reading this blog post, as a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Ghea’s advice is for you to let your daughter read the women’s health tips noted below about that very first visit to the gynecologist.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the recommended age for the first visit is between 13- and 15-years-old. The first visit is sometimes simply a get-to-know-each-other conversation between the doctor and the patient when the doctor will ask personal questions regarding the patient’s family, menstrual cycle, and/or sexual activity. Young girls may be nervous or embarrassed to share this kind of information about themselves, especially when it comes to their sex life or lack thereof, but they should be aware that most of the information disclosed can be kept confidential if that is what the patient prefers. Details about future visits as well as tips on staying healthy will also be provided, and there is a chance that certain exams may be given. Patients are permitted to have a family member or a nurse in the room during these exams, which most often include either a general physical exam, a simple examination when things like height, weight, blood pressure, and any health concerns are checked; or an external genital exam, when the doctor takes a careful look at the vulva or the outside of the vagina.
There is no need for a pelvic exam during the first visit unless there is a clear need for it, such as if the patient is experiencing abnormal pain or bleeding. A pelvic exam involves the doctor examining the vulva as well as the inside of the vagina and cervix with a special tool, and checking the internal organs with a gloved hand. At the age of 21, a pap smear will also be taken during this particular exam, which is when a sample of cells is taken from the cervix to test for abnormalities. Although these are not elements of a first visit, it’s important to know the details so when the time comes, the patient is prepared.
During the first visit, the doctor may also provide certain vaccinations, if needed, to protect against certain diseases, or do a test for sexually transmitted infections if the patient is sexually active. If there are specific healthcare topics the patient would like to discuss, this is the chance. Young girls tend to share similar concerns, such as cramps during periods, acne, weight loss or gain, sex and birth control, and the roller coaster of emotions that come along with being a teenager. Your obgyn is there to help in any way he or she can. Dr. Ghea takes her position seriously as a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician, and always provides her patients at Westside OB/GYN Group with a sense of comfort, ease and confidentiality when they are in her examination room. Patients of Dr. Ghea are under great care.
If you are looking for a female obgyn in Plantation and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Ghea, call the office at 954-473-2011 or request online