Pediatric & Teen Care2018-09-12T13:53:20+00:00

Pediatric & Teen Care

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Commonly Asked Questions

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) teens should have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15.

It is very normal to feel nervous about your first visit. It may help if you talk about it with your parent/guardian or another trusted adult. Our staff is compassionate about making sure all of our patients are as comfortable as can be about their first visit and at any future visit as well.

The first visit may just be a talk between you and your doctor. You will find out what to expect at future visits and get information about how to stay healthy. You may also have certain exams. Your doctor may ask you questions about you and your family. Some of them may be personal, such as questions about your menstrual period. It is best to be as honest as possible to make sure we can help you continue to stay healthy.

You may have certain exams at your first visit. You have the option to have a nurse or family member in the room with you. Exams consist of internal pelvic exam and/or an external genital exam. In most cases, you do not need to have an internal pelvic exam at your first visit. If you are sexually active you may be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Most of these tests can be done by the doctor with a urine sample. You may also be offered certain vaccinations. Everything will be explained to you fully PRIOR to having anything done. Our goal is to make you comfortable and to educate you about your health and your body.

Tell your doctor about your menstrual period if:

  • You are 15 years old and have not had a menstrual period
  • Your periods were regular and occurred monthly and then they became irregular
  • Your period occurs more often than every 21 days or less often than every 35 days
  • Your period occurs 90 days apart (even if only for one cycle)
  • Your periods last more than seven days
  • Your periods require frequent pad or tampon changes (soaking more than one every one-two hours)
  • You have severe cramps that cause headaches, dizziness, and/or nausea
  • Your menstrual cramps do not resolve with over the counter medication

Tell your doctor about your menstrual period if:

  • You are 15 years old and have not had a menstrual period
  • Your periods were regular and occurred monthly and then they became irregular
  • Your period occurs more often than every 21 days or less often than every 35 days
  • Your period occurs 90 days apart (even if only for one cycle)
  • Your periods last more than seven days
  • Your periods require frequent pad or tampon changes (soaking more than one every one-two hours)
  • You have severe cramps that cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea
  • Your menstrual cramps don’t resolve with over the counter medication

Our staff will discuss the following topics with patients:

  • Irregular Periods/ Cramping
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Eating disorders
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Emotional ups and downs
  • Bullying or physical/sexual abuse
importance of prenatal care
importance of prenatal care