Although most teens don’t need to have a Pap test until they are 21 years old, there are at least 21 reasons to see a gynecologist before then.
- Learn about healthy lifestyles and how to feel good about yourself.
- Discuss good habits for healthy bones.
- Learn if you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) and the treatment options.
- Get treatment for vaginal itching, discharge, or other symptoms.
- Learn if your periods are normal.
- Get relief if your periods are painful.
- Find out why your periods are too heavy.
- Discuss the timing of your periods and why bleeding may occur in between.
- Learn ways to deal with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Sexuality & Relationships
- Learn how to have healthy romantic relationships.
- Learn what it means to be in a consensual relationship.
- Ask questions about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).
- Learn about safe sex.
- Talk about how your reproductive system works.
- Discuss birth control options.
- Discuss the ideal time to start a family.
- Get tested for pregnancy.
- Weigh your options if you get pregnant.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Learn how to lower your risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
- Get tested for STIs and HIV if you are sexually active.
- Get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
Information gathered from https://www.acog.org/womens-health/infographics/21-reasons-to-see-a-gynecologist-before-you-turn-21