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As a mom, you’re familiar with scheduling doctor visits for your child. You schedule annual physicals, dental check-ups, eye appointments, orthodontist appointments and others. If you have a daughter, add gynecologic care to your list.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. If your daughter has problems with her period, is sexually active or is planning to be, she may need to go earlier.
An obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) is a physician who specializes in women’s health and the female reproductive system. Your daughter’s first visit with an OB-GYN is an introduction to a lifelong relationship. Find a doctor who takes the time to make your daughter feel as comfortable as possible.
The first visit
Your daughter’s first visit with an OB-GYN will typically include a general physical exam (e.g., weight, height, blood pressure), and sometimes a breast exam and external exam of the vulva. The primary focus is to talk and build a relationship. The doctor will talk to your daughter about her development and how to stay healthy. Concerns that can be addressed at this first visit may include:
You can ask your daughter if she would like you to be in the exam room with her. You may need to be there initially to provide a family history, but then step out so your daughter can speak privately with the OB-GYN. You want your daughter to be honest and share information, and she may feel more comfortable talking confidentially with the doctor about certain things.
As your daughter grows up, she’ll see an OB-GYN for the following:
Healthy lifestyle for girls
As your daughter grows into a teen, encourage her to make healthy lifestyle choices:
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