Gynecology Services - Adolescence - Annual Exams

The early teen years are an ideal time for an initial gynecological visit that focuses on screening and preventive health care. Young teens face new issues regarding sexual and reproductive health and development. This initial visit can encourage teens to adopt healthy lifestyle habits that they can carry into adulthood.

A pelvic exam is rarely necessary during an initial exam, unless indicated by medical history. These indications may include abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain or history of vaginal intercourse.

This first visit provides an opportunity for parents or guardians to meet the physician, alleviate fears, and develop trust.

For more information, please click here to read Your First Gyn Visit on The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.

How to do a breast self-exam

The best time to do the breast self-exam is a few days after your period ends each month. It’s easier at this time because your breasts ate less tender or swollen. If you are not having periods, try to do the exam on the same day each month. Some women choose the first day of each month.