The first visit to a gynecologist for teenage girls should be scheduled between the ages of 13-15 years. There’s no need to get anxious, because this first visit doesn’t include a pelvic exam. The goal is to meet the doctor, develop a relationship, and talk about age-appropriate issues such as development, body image, weight management, and immunizations. This is also a good time to talk about contraception and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
Before the age of 21, there’s no need to get a pelvic examination unless symptoms indicate a problem or you’re sexually active and need birth control. You should get a pap smear to screen for cervical cancer at age 21, then every three years between the ages of 21-29, and every five years if you’re 30-65.
After you turn 21, your doctor at Tidewater Physicians for Women will recommend how often you should come in for a checkup and get a pap smear, based on your overall health, age, sexual activity, and medical history. Regular preventive care is always important to protect your health and catch problems early.
The doctors at Tidewater Physicians for Women offer comprehensive obstetric and gynecological services. They offer preventive care, diagnose and treat problems with your reproductive organs, provide birth control, and take care of you before, during, and after pregnancy. You can also receive other services including:
Yes, you can receive counseling at Tidewater Physicians for Women. In fact, we’re proud to uniquely offer the services of Licensed Professional Counselors as part of our comprehensive women’s health services.
Our counselor is a mental health professional trained to provide therapy to individuals, families, and groups. She also works in conjunction with physicians when medication is needed. The therapist is here to help with: