Although most teens see pediatricians on a regular basis, adolescent girls should consider seeing a gynecologist for the first time between 13 and 15 years old.
The first visit to the gynecologist for a young teen usually entails getting to know the gynecologist and the doctor answering questions. Physical exams such as pelvic examinations are not done on teens until they are a young adult or age 21.
Some topics that are discussed during the first visit are:
Preventing sexually transmitted infections
Vaccinations such as Gardasil, meningococcal and flu
Young teens have the option of having their parents present during their appointment with the gynecologist.
If a teen is seen without the parent present, whatever is discussed between the teen and doctor is not shared with parents unless the teen gives permission.
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There are many birth control options available today, and the choices can seem confusing.
Below are some options that are available in contraception. Any of the providers at TotalCare for Women are prepared to consult with their patients to help them decide which form of birth control is right for them.
This list can help you decide which method would best fit your lifestyle:
Hormonal Contraceptives work by preventing the release of an egg from ovaries into the uterus, and may also make the uterus an “unfriendly” environment for sperm. While most women know about the birth control pill, there are other hormonal birth control methods that are now available.
Non-hormonal Contraceptives prevent pregnancy by providing a barrier against sperm, or by interfering with sperm movement, or by creating an “unfriendly” environment for sperm. These methods do not use hormones, so they do not interfere with your natural reproductive cycle.