I’ve had my period for a few years now — is it time for me to start seeing a gynecologist?
Probably. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that a girl first see a gynecologist andnbsp;between the ages of 13 and 15.
Other health care providers who see teens for sexual health wellness visitsandnbsp;include adolescent medicine physicians and family practice doctors, as well as nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.
Your gynecologist (or other expert health care provider) can:
- make sure that your reproductive system is problem free
- help you avoid problems in the future
- answer your questions about how your reproductive system works, your period, or your body
Here are other reasons to see your health care provider or gynecologist:
- if you've had sex (including oral or anal sex) or are thinking aboutandnbsp;having sex
- if you've had your period for more than a year or two and your periods are still not regular (don't happen monthly)
- if your periods are heavy, last for more than a week, or are very painful
See a doctor right awayandnbsp;if you:
- haveandnbsp;pain or discomfort in your vagina, lower abdomen, or when you pee
- have changes in your vaginal discharge or odor
- think that you might have an STDandnbsp;(or that your partner might have one)
Getting into the habit of seeing a gynecologist yearly is a great way to ensure your good health now and in the future.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, BSN, RN, CAPA
Date Reviewed: 11/4/2015