When to Establish Adolescent Care

 

When should young women start seeing an OBGYN? Everyone’s health care needs are different, but establishing women’s healthcare during adolescence is important to promoting long-term healthy lifestyles. In fact, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it is recommended that young females have their first Ob-Gyn visit when they’re 13 to 15 years old.

This can be a nerve-racking and uncomfortable time in a young woman’s life and a visit with a trusted medical professional can answer questions about the changes during puberty. Continue reading to learn more about why establishing patient care with an Ob-Gyn is important at a young age in a woman’s life.

 

Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle

It is not at all uncommon for girls to start experiencing embarrassment about changes after puberty. Many preteens and teens have difficulty opening up about such topics with parents and other adults. An initial visit with an Ob-Gyn may only be a talk with the women’s healthcare provider with no exam, however, if a young woman has become sexually active, contraception and STI testing is important.

It is important to establish a relationship with a trusted medical professional to make continued medical conversations more comfortable when sensitive topics come up. Additionally, it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle through regular annual women’s health exams at an early age to prevent any health complications, provide contraception, and in some cases, test for STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.

Overall, there are a number of reasons to see your Ob-Gyn for an annual exam to promote your health, including:

  • Preventive healthcare
  • Issues with menstrual cycle
  • Weight loss program
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Vaccinations update
  • Sexually transmitted infections screening
  • Breast exam for lumps
  • Genetic screening for family history of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Cervical cancer screening

The friendly staff at The Herrmann Practice is ready to help you establish a regular woman’s health routine. Schedule an exam today and start on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

 

Contraception:

Of the biggest questions among teen’s & young women, sex is among the tops. If a young woman decides to have intercourse, then she should be educated about contraception and how to protect herself from STDs.

 

Here are some key facts every young woman should know about intercourse:

  • You can get pregnant even if it’s the first time you are having sex.
  • You can get pregnant even before you have your first period.
  • You can get pregnant if you have sex during your period.
  • You can get pregnant even if your male partner pulls out before ejaculating.
  • Using birth control is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy.
  • Using birth control does not affect your fertility or future ability to have children.

Aside from preventing pregnancy, contraception can be used to treat a variety of other things, including acne, weight management, period regulation, reduces pain and cramps, and hormone regulation.

Birth control isn’t one-size-fits-all, so why prescribe it that way? At The Herrmann Practice, we help young women find the contraception option that best fits their lifestyle and health needs. We offer a wide variety of options, including “The Pill”, Nuvaring, Depo Provera, IUDs, & Nexplanon. Book an appointment to speak with our women’s healthcare professionals about contraception today!

Visiting your Ob-Gyn on a yearly basis may seem like a chore, but it is one of the most important actions women can take to ensure their long-term health and wellness. At The Herrmann Practice, we take our patients’ health seriously by providing annual wellness exams with little to no wait time. No matter the stage of life, regular visits with a woman’s healthcare professional like Dr. Herrmann and his caring staff will help to ensure a healthy life.

Protect your health by scheduling your annual exam today!