The teenager and the gynecologist
Adolescence is a time of profound changes in a young woman's life, a transition time from childhood to adulthood. For many teens, the first visit to a gynecologist is a source of anxiety, but it need not be. Our doctors and midwives are sensitive to the needs of teens and do our best to make your experience as comfortable and non-threatening as possible.
Even though guidelines no longer require women under 21 to have pap smear screening, seeing the gyn is still just as important as ever.
Why? It's because the health decisions you make as a teen and young woman can affect the rest of your life. Here are just a few examples...
- Unintended pregnancies do happen but they are largely preventable with today's birth control options
- Sexually transmitted diseases are everywhere (including college campuses) and some when left undiagnosed and untreated can result in cancer or infertility
- Hormonal problems that show up in your teen years can indicate health issues that can often be addressed with lifestyle changes.
Your visit to the gynecologist (or midwife) at Delaware Valley OBGYN, will give you the opportunity to learn more about your body and become empowered about your reproductive health.