Ten premenarchal girls were interviewed about their experiences receiving an external genital examination as part of a larger longitudinal study. Qualitative methods were used for analysis, looking for concepts based on themes and shared beliefs among the girls to create a model of the genital examination experience. Most participants could not remember ever having a genital examination before enrollment in the larger study. Overall, genital examinations were not experienced negatively because of moderating factors like having support from mothers during the examination and having examiner preferences toward gender and personal characteristics. With repeated study examinations in the larger study and for those participants who reported their provider performed genital examinations, the examination was viewed as a skill for growing up or routine. External genital examinations, although a new experience for many girls, can be experienced positively. Providers should address concerns about this important recommended examination and acknowledge that examiner attributes, mothers, and experience of having examinations all influence how genital examinations are experienced. Given the scope of physical and psychological development during adolescence, routine comprehensive health care is important to assess both normal and abnormal development.
A pediatric and adolescent gynecologist explains how to know when your daughter is ready for a visit, and how to prepare. For many parents of teen girls, the question of when teens need to start seeing a gynecologist sparks uncertainty. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology recommend annual Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer starting at age 21, regardless of sexual activity. But issues can come up long before then. Because the average age for starting menstruation is 12 years and 9 months in the U. Dendrinos explains more about when and why teen girls should visit a gynecologist — as well as what parents should know before they go.
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Your child will encounter numerous medical professionals from the moment they are born. These people are there for your child as much as they are there for you to answer questions, diagnose illness, and ensure overall health. Some children only ever see the family doctor, while others may need an allergist or orthodontist. Here are just some of the medical professionals your child may come into contact with. Pediatrician or family physician. The choice between a pediatrician and a family physician or general practitioner is for you to make. However, seeing a family doctor means your child could be with the same doctor their entire life. If your child sees a pediatrician, then they will usually switch to a general practitioner after puberty is complete. This happens around 16 or 17 years of age. When your child is first born, they will need to go to the pediatrician or family doctor quite frequently.
A pelvic exam is where a doctor or nurse practitioner looks at a girl's reproductive organs both outside and internally. This includes feeling a girl's uterus and ovaries to be sure everything's normal. Teens don't usually get pelvic exams. Sometimes doctors do pelvic exams if they think there's a problem. For example, if a girl complains of heavy bleeding, missed periods, or discharge, the doctor will want to check for a cause. Otherwise, doctors don't recommend regular pelvic exams or Pap smears until a woman is 21 years old. A medical assistant or nurse will give you a robe to wear and a sheet to cover you. You'll be left alone to undress — either fully if you're getting a breast exam as well or from the waist down. The doctor or nurse practitioner will come into the room and talk a bit about what to expect and why they're doing the exam. Then, you'll lie on the table so your behind is at the end of the table.