Fort Worth, Texas,
02
October
2015
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08:14 PM
America/Chicago

Is 13 too young?

Is your teenager ready for her first OB/GYN visit

Summary

Audrey Rogers, M.D. a Cook Children’s pediatrician, believes the most appropriate time for a young woman to see an OB/GYN to be around the age of 21 or when she graduates college. But, she says it really depends on the relationship between your daughter and her pediatrician.

Kids grow up fast these days, but is your 13-year old daughter ready to see an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN)?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends the first OB/GYN visit between the ages of 13 and 15.

Audrey Rogers, M.D. a Cook Children’s pediatrician, believes the most appropriate time for a young woman to see an OB/GYN to be around the age of 21 or when she graduates college. But, she says it really depends on the relationship between your daughter and her pediatrician.

First, your pediatrician should be comfortable talking about menstrual cycles (periods), what’s a normal period and what’ normal discharge with your daughter,” Dr. Rogers said. “If you have someone who is not comfortable discussing these things, then yes, you should probably go see someone else who feels comfortable dealing with those issues.”

As your daughter ages, your pediatrician will need to act as a counselor on sexually transmitted diseases and using birth control. If your daughter and the family pediatrician are both comfortable and will spend time on these occasionally uncomfortable topics, the pediatrician will be able to do what an OB/GYN can do.

Dr. Rogers is one of the few pediatricians in the area who does pelvic exams, and has also spent a lot of time working with adolescents while during her residency. “”It was once recommended that anytime you put a young girl on birth control, you had to do a pelvic exam. Today, that is not the case, “Dr. Rogers said.” If a young girl is not sexually active then a pelvic exam is not needed for birth control.”

In Dr. Rogers’ opinion, the only way she sees the need to take your daughter to an OB/GYN at such a young age is if the child is having problems with her period, such as excessive bleeding or irregular menstrual cycles. “If this is happening and your pediatrician is not talking about it or addressing her issues that would be the time to go see an OB/GYN,” Dr. Rogers said.

Overall, Dr. Rogers believes the decision to stay with your pediatrician or visit an OB/GYN should be based on the maturity of the child, and any problems that she may be experiencing. She stresses, mothers should keep the lines of communication open, while paying close attention to their children.

About the source

Audrey Rogers, M.D., is located at 3200 Riverfront Drive, Ste. 103, Fort Worth, TX 76107. To make an appointment with her or one of her partners, call 817-336-3800. Like her on Facebook.

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