Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Indicators of When Your Daughter Should See the Gynecologist

A relationship with a gynecologist is important to a woman’s health throughout life. When that relationship begins depends on a number of factors.


According to Women's Health Associates , a gynecologist in Columbia, MO, the leading determinant of when a daughter should see a gynecologist is whether or not she is sexually active. If a mother knows or suspects her daughter is having sex, or will be in the near future, they should see the gynecologist about birth control or contraception, and also to check for sexually transmitted diseases.


Some mothers believe that they should take their daughters in to the gynecologist as soon as they have their first period. Usually, this is not the case.


Periods are a normal part of a girl’s development, and parents should only take their daughter to see the gynecologist about their period if their daughter has the first period really late or early. Typically, anything below the age of nine is cause for concern. Having a period at nine or 10 is early but not unheard of, and mothers can use their own discretion on whether they should take their daughter to the gynecologist. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your daughter has not experienced a period by the age of 16, a parent should bring their daughter in to have her hormone levels checked.


Other circumstances in which a period warrants a trip to the gynecologist include heavy flow for a long period of time, such as three weeks, or excessive pain from the period that is so severe it is causing your daughter to miss school.


As mentioned, sexual activity often determines when a teenager starts seeing a gynecologist. But if your daughter is not sexually active, many doctors recommend she sees the gynecologist around 17 or 18.


Women should at least see a gynecologist by the age of 21, as that is when they should have their first pap smear.


Thank you to the Women's Health Associates for providing this content for my Parenting Pundit readers!


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