You may consider starting appointments with us in your mid-teens, when you’re no longer comfortable with your pediatrician or family practice setting. You may have concerns or questions related to your periods, matters of sexuality, or things you’ve heard from friends.
During the teen years, our focus is on affirming the individuality of each young woman, encouraging them to value themselves enough to make healthy decisions, including:
- Using sunscreen
- Saying “No” to tanning beds
- Eating well
- Always wearing your seat belt
- Putting the phone away when you drive
- Protecting herself from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
For most healthy teens, a pelvic examination is rarely needed. If a teenager should require an exam, our approach is gentle and unhurried. We take the time to explain the examination, show the speculum (the thing that looks like a duck’s bill), and describe the process. We want to make teens feel safe and comfortable.