As Mother's Day approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on your relationship with your daughter, reminisce about your memories, and plan for some bonding experiences. It's also a good time to think about the advice and example you can give her.
Between the ages of 13 and 15, it's recommended to introduce your daughter to a gynecologist. The first visit will likely not include a pelvic exam, but rather a way for her to become familiar with what a gynecologist specializes in, how they can help, and why it's important to have a good relationship with your doctor.
During the visit, you can go into the exam room with your daughter, or she can go in by herself. It's a good idea to discuss what you’ll do before you get there, letting your daughter know that what she says to the doctor will be confidential. The gynecologist will ask questions about your family medical history, your daughter's menstrual periods, and her sexual activities. The visit also will likely include a general physical exam and an external genital exam, and perhaps some vaccinations.
A gynecologist can be a great resource for discussing any female concerns your daughter might have beyond her menstrual cycle. Topics such as acne, weight, emotions, alcohol, birth control, and sexuality are all something a gynecologist can speak to, offering a listening ear and answering questions.
If you’ve been delaying setting up an appointment for your daughter, now is the time to check it off your list. Just click here, fill out this form, and someone from our office will contact you to schedule. Or, you may always give us a call at (717) 840-9885.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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