Adolescent Gynecology

in New York, New York

If you remember the first time you went to a gynecologist, it’s likely that it felt at least a little awkward. This is an almost universal experience for women— partly because of stories that women hear from their friends and family. Seeing a gynecologist as a teenager doesn’t need to be a negative experience, however, and can come with a lot of benefits during your teen’s formative years.

What is Adolescent Gynecology?

Adolescent gynecology can address many different issues that teens can experience such as abnormal bleeding, painful periods, delayed puberty, vaginal infections, ovarian cysts, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, pelvic pain, endometriosis, painful sex, sexual dysfunction, and congenital anomalies. Additionally, our expert team can have important discussions about topics like birth control, managing periods, safe sexual practices, peer pressure, body image, romantic relationships, alcohol or drugs, and even sexual assault. These things are never more important to talk about than when you’re a teenager, so it’s vital for your teen to partner with a gynecologist who can provide care and counseling for many years to come.

Why is Adolescent Gynecology Important?

Many concerns can develop as early as in your teens that can feel scary and overwhelming, especially regarding feminine and sexual health. Unfortunately, young girls may hesitate to share their experiences for many different reasons until it’s almost unbearable. On the other hand, some young women don’t experience any abnormal symptoms and continue to delay their first visit with a gynecologist until they are much older. Ultimately, this can be a disadvantage.

How Can My Gynecologist Help?

Your teen’s first gynecologic visit does not have to wait until they have medical concerns. It’s a great opportunity to discuss normal changes (both physically and emotionally) in a caring and secure environment. It also allows the chance to develop a relationship with a physician who can accompany your teen throughout the different stages of life. A gynecologist can help the transition through puberty, young adulthood, childbearing years, and menopause. It can also allow your teen’s gynecologist to anticipate any health concerns that may arise later on in order to provide effective preventative care.

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It’s common to have some anxiety when seeing a gynecologist, and our expert team can make sure your teen feels comfortable and heard. To get started, contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a gynecologist perform surgery?

Yes! Gynecologists can perform a number of surgeries including hysterectomies, fibroid removal, ovarian cyst removal, and uterine polyps removal.

What do you wear to a gynecologist appointment?

You should wear comfortable clothing that can be removed easily. During your appointment, you may be asked to remove your clothes and put on a special gown.

What is adolescence age range?

Adolescence is the time between childhood and adulthood and includes the age period from 10 to 19.

At what age should I take my daughter to the gynecologist?

The initial visit can be any time during adolescence, and rarely includes a physical exam; the first Pap smear is not until 21.

Can a gynecologist deliver babies?

No, a gynecologist doesn't deliver babies. An obstetrician or an OB/GYN delivers babies.

What happens at a gynecologist consultation?

During a consultation with a gynecologist, you should expect to discuss your primary reason for your visit, sexual health history, and general medical and surgical history. This may include relevant information about your sexual partner(s), use of contraception or protection, assessing the age-appropriate screening tests that are due (eg: Pap, mammogram, bone density) and whether or not you have had or want the HPV vaccine

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