Gynecology & Women’s Health
Welcome to adolescent gynecology at VPFW
Going to the gynecologist for the first time doesn’t have to be a scary or intimidating experience. Our providers are compassionate and understanding of the challenges teens face, and they are happy to help them navigate the changes they are experiencing.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that adolescent girls receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 and visit a gynecologist for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15. If they are experiencing a health problem or if they are sexually active, it’s important to take them sooner. Visits may or may not include a physical exam, depending on the patient’s unique needs. They are mainly a chance to talk with a doctor about the changes a girl’s body goes through, discuss any issues, and ask questions.
Our providers are well-versed in discussing concerns and relevant topics with teens. We will talk about body development and image, breast health, self-confidence, weight management, and menstrual cycles—including cramps, irregular periods, and other potential issues. Personal hygiene, immunizations for HPV and the flu, and other ways to minimize health risks will be part of the conversation as well. It’s also a chance to discuss sexual health and pregnancy prevention.
Check out our provider profiles to choose a doctor at a location near you.