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When Should A Teenage Girl Start Going To The Gynecologist
Depends on Situation: The current american college of obstetricians and gynecologists (acog) recommendations are that pap smears and pelvic exams should begin 3 years after a female first become sexually active or at age 21, whichever comes first. However, symptoms such as pelvic pain, infections or abnormal discharge/bleeding may warrant an earlier visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more
If a girl has to go to the gynecologists for the first time, she's 18, can they tell if she was sexual abused and raped? Do they have to report it?
No: Sexual abuse and rape needs to be reported. One must see the gynecologist right away to detect the changes caused by rape or sexual abuse. Sometimes, child sexual abuse like genital mutilation can be detected anytime. Anyway, one should not suffer in silence in this day and age. Everyone must be treated with respect. It is time to break your silence. Your doctor will help guide you. ...Read more
Interesting question: In my state, an 18 year old must consent to any information released from my office.This includes the fact that they had an appointment, or anything discussed or found at the visit. They can usually find out you came if the insurance company sends a statement or a billing statement goes to them.However, the reason is private if you chose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The Medicine Culture: Nope. But, they may just assume you do and have absolutely no judgement about it since almost all humans alive masturbate. Masturbation is a common, normal human experience. There is nothing medicine has to say about masturbation except that is a normal and common behavior. ...Read more
I am a 16 year old girl. I am having a gynocologist appointment soon. What happens at one? Does it hurt?
Gyn exam: There will first be lots of personal questions - be honest with the doc. You can ask parents to leave room if you want privacy. Then they will check heart, abdomen and examine your genitals. It is unlikely they will do a pap at your age as the current recommendations are to put this off until a few more years. There will be some pushing on abdomen and touching of privates, but will not hurt. ...Read more
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