When it comes to gynecological health, it’s important to get good care from an early age from professionals who understand adolescent gynecology. The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology have been providing gynecological care in the Greater Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area for more than 50 years, serving the specialized needs of more than five generations. For adolescent gynecology, call the office most convenient to you, which includes Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, and Lebanon, or request an appointment online.
Adolescent gynecology refers to an area of gynecological medicine that focuses on the specialized health needs of teen girls and young women. Making gynecological care a regular part of a woman’s wellness routine early helps her take control of her health and may protect her from medical issues and concerns common in teens, such as heavy or painful periods, sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancy.
Young women between the ages of 13 and 15 should schedule their first visit with an OB/GYN, a doctor who specializes in women’s health. It’s normal for girls at this age to feel nervous about going to see the gynecologist, but the team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology specialize in adolescent gynecology and do everything they can to ease anxiety so young teens feel comfortable.
Because young teen’s needs are unique, each examination at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may not be like anyone else’s.
During the very first examination, the young teen meets with a specialist so they can get to know each other and discuss any concerns, whether it’s about the examination itself or specific questions about gynecological health. The OB/GYN specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may ask questions about personal health, family health, menstruation, and sexual activity.
Then, the specialist may begin the examination, which includes a physical exam and a pelvic exam. The physical exam is similar to the exam performed by a general practitioner or pediatrician and includes a check of height and weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and palpation of internal organs.
For the pelvic exam, the OB/GYN examines the external and internal genitalia. To examine the internal organs, a speculum is placed in the vagina, allowing the doctor to view and examine the cervix and internal reproductive organs.
Once the exams are complete, the OB/GYN provides recommendations for good health and prevention, which may include vaccinations, safe sex, diet, and exercise. They may also discuss birth control options, depending on sexual activity.
For adolescent gynecology from a team who cares about the life-long health of patients at every age, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology today or request an appointment online.