Your daughter’s teenage years will be full of a lot of firsts. But at what age should she have her first gynecologist visit? It might be a younger age than you think. Below, we will explain the best age for your daughter to begin seeing a gynecologist and why she needs to establish regular visits early.
Age For First Appointment
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls begin seeing a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. This will help doctors to monitor your daughter’s development and help your daughter to develop a good rapport with the medical staff. She can also ask a dedicated professional any female health questions that she might be embarrassed to ask at school or at home.
What About Pelvic Exams and Pap Smears?
Your daughter’s first gynecologist exam will likely just be a consultation and possibly an external exam. Pap smears are not recommended until your daughter is approximately 21 and pelvic exams will begin when your daughter is sexually active or if she has any health concerns.
Scheduling a Well-Woman Appointment For Your Daughter
Teens must see their doctors regularly. Annual ob/GYN visits starting in the teenage years will help your daughter establish a healthy routine that she will follow for years to come. Early exams will also help your daughter establish a medical history that doctors will find helpful if she faces gynecological problems in the future. To schedule a well-woman visit at PCP for Life, call us at 281-968-4096.