If your daughter is between the ages of 13 and 15, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that she should see a gynecologist for the first time. Obviously, few women of any age look forward to this appointment and it can be even more nerve-racking for a young woman. Fortunately, there are several tips that you can implement to make it easier for her.
Understanding Suggested Immunizations
In the last few decades, some information related to gynecology has changed significantly. For example, the HPV vaccine is now available to females between the ages of 11 and 26. It protects against the worst types of the human papillomavirus, which is a known cause of many types of cervical, oral and anal cancers.
It is available in a series of three shots over six months and current data indicates that when taken prior to exposure to HPV and within the appropriate time frame, the HPV vaccines provide almost 100% protection. It has been available for several years and is considered to be a safe, effective immunization.
Don't Fear The Exam
It is often surprising to learn that the most feared part of the first gynecological exam, the internal exam, is rarely needed for young women and girls. Instead, the first visit usually includes a frank discussion of menstrual cycles, pain, cramps, sexual activity and other concerns related to maturity, sexuality and normal development.
In addition, a physical exam and an external examination of her genitalia are usually provided. If a problem is noted or reported at that first visit, which is actually quite rare for young girls, she may need an internal exam.
Empower Your Daughter To Advocate For Her Own Health
Although sending your daughter into her first appointment with a gynecologist and remaining in the waiting room may seem wrong, it is crucial to allow her to make her own decisions about this important visit. Many young women feel more comfortable asking personal questions without mom in the room.
It is important to note that this first visit can set the standard for her future gynecological health. If she has a good experience and feels that she can ask and answer questions about her body, development, sexuality, etc. without judgment, she may be more likely to do so throughout her life. If she wants you in there, stand by her hand to provide privacy and don't interfere.
In conclusion, your daughter's first visit to a gynecologist should be treated as any other medical appointment and it is a good idea not to pass along any of your own personal feelings about the visit. You may find that your daughter has a preference for a male or female gynecologist, so be sure to consult with her before scheduling that visit.
To learn more, contact a company like South Ave Women's Services.