Adolescent Gynecology

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Women's Healthcare Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in York, PA

Adolescent gynecology involves taking measures to ensure a young woman going through puberty is developing healthfully while educating her about her body. At Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, the compassionate adolescent gynecology experts are available to help any young woman through the transition into womanhood. To learn more about the adolescent gynecology services Women’s Healthcare Group provides, call or book an appointment online today.

Adolescent Gynecology Q & A

What is Adolescent Gynecology?

Gynecological care for young women transitioning from pediatrics is commonly called adolescent gynecology. Some of the gynecologic issues and changes that adolescent gynecology evaluates and treats include:

  • Vaginal infections such as yeast infections
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Amenorrhea, or the absence of menstruation
  • Heavy bleeding during menstruation
  • Breast pain


Puberty in young women can start anywhere between 8-13 (or older), so it’s important to schedule a consultation with an experienced OB/GYN if there are concerns about these hormonal changes.

Which Special Concerns Should I Discuss with my Gynecologist?

The caring team at Women’s Healthcare Group understand how nervous an adolescent gynecology exam can make you feel. Talk with your parents or a trusted adult about your concerns, or even your OB/GYN. They can help put you at ease.

Your adolescent gynecology exam is personalized to you and your concerns. In general, your clinician is going to talk with you about:

  • Cramps and problems with menstrual periods
  • Acne
  • Weight
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Emotional ups and downs


At Women’s Healthcare Group, a compassionate OB/GYN is available to answer questions, while walking you through your first gynecological exam and educating you about your reproductive health and developing body.

What Can I Expect From My First Gynecological Exam?

While you will eventually need to schedule a regular pelvic exam and Pap smear, usually after you turn 21, your first gynecological visit typically consists of a regular physical exam and an external genital exam. A pelvic exam is only recommended for young women if you’re experiencing problems, such as abnormal bleeding or pain.

  • General Exam: During a general exam, your doctor checks your height, weight, and blood pressure. The visit is expected to be relatively quick, as it is mostly a time for your doctor to examine your body and open up the dialogue for any questions or concerns you may have.
  • External Genital Exam: An external genital exam is designed to help you get to know your body and its recent changes. Your physician examines your vulva for any abnormalities and may even hand you a mirror to look for yourself.
  • Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear: While you probably won’t need a pelvic exam or Pap smear until you turn 21, it’s important to know why these tests are performed. During a pelvic exam, your dedicated OB/GYN places one or two gloved, lubricated fingers into your vagina so he or she can assess your cervix, uterus, and ovaries. At the same time, they press on your abdomen to be able to feel your internal organs. The Pap smear involves placing a speculum inside of your vagina, which is a small tool used to open up your vaginal canal. Your OB/GYN gently scrapes your cervix at the top of your vaginal canal to gather a sampling of cells to check for early indicators of cervical cancer.
  • Vaccinations: Vaccinations or immunizations help protect you from certain diseases. Between the ages of 11-18, you’re probably going to need the following, most times given by your pediatrician -
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster
    • Meningococcal vaccine
    • Influenza vaccine (flu shot)
    • Hepatitis A virus vaccine
    • Pneumococcal vaccine

 

The expert OB/GYNs at Women’s Healthcare Group typically recommend getting a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, too. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus and can lead to cervical cancer, as well as genital warts. The vaccine can lessen your chance of developing cervical cancer.

Usually, you get your first HPV vaccination around 11-12 years of age — sometimes as young as nine years old. It’s also recommended for young women between the ages of 13-26 who have not yet been vaccinated or who never completed their vaccine series.

You deserve a compassionate, understanding doctor for your first gynecological visit. Call Women’s Healthcare Group or book an appointment online today to learn more about adolescent gynecology.