Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Thanks in part to technological advancements, including social media, teenage girls have an increased awareness of women’s health issues and their own bodies. They are also more likely to talk about puberty and menstruation concerns with their friends, than previous generations.
However, to achieve a better understanding of their gynecologic health, these young women need accurate and sensitive care from physician with extensive experience in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Here’s why it’s essential to work with a specialist, and what teenagers and parents can expect from the initial visit.
Why See a Physician Trained in Pediatric or Adolescent Gynecology?
In the past, most mothers didn’t think twice about taking their daughters to see their gynecologist. However, the anatomical and developmental differences between adolescents and adults requires a physician with specialized training.
Accordingly, in order for children and teenage girls to receive the highest quality of care that’s tailored to their individual needs, they must see a gynecologist with the appropriate credentials and expertise. This knowledge allows them to understand how medications and procedures affect young women differently than adults and avoid potential complications.
When Should Girls Have Their First Gynecologist Appointment?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that girls have an initial gynecology appointment when they are 13-15 years old.
What Happens During This Initial Visit?
When girls meet with a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist for the first time, they will spend most of the appointment talking and undergo a visual examination of the genitals and breasts.
An internal exam is usually not performed, unless circumstances indicate that it’s in the patient’s best interest.
Here are several objectives of this initial visit:
- Discuss any concerns or abnormal pubertal development
- Separate fact from fiction when it comes to sex, development, and weight
- Facilitate comfort and confidence about changing bodies
In addition, this meeting allows patients to have an open and honest conversation with a specialist and begin to form a relationship with their own provider.
Dr. Dadgar is a leader in the field of gynecology and minimally invasive surgery and has advanced training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Call our office today or fill out the form below to schedule an appointment with her.