The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that young women and individuals assigned female sex at birth have their first visit to the gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15.
While that may sound surprising to some parents, there are clear and impressive benefits to establishing that relationship early. Teens who:
- Feel comfortable and confident at the gynecologist’s office are more likely to share important medical or personal information that can impact their overall health.
- Have a better understanding of the language and vocabulary will share concerns with parents or stop unwarranted/unsafe behavior.
- Have trouble sharing questions or concerns with parents are more likely to talk with a gynecologist.
- See a gynecologist can learn what’s normal (and what’s not) during their periods.
- Visit a gynecologist will receive accurate information and education about their sexual and reproductive health instead of listening to the latest rumors or gossip.
Read the ACOG’s 21 reasons to see a gynecologist before you turn 21 by clicking the link below.