Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologists Provide Care and Education for Young Girls | Health
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that initial screening visits begin for girls ages 13 to 15. While parents can take their daughter to a regular OBGYN for her first visit, it might be worth considering finding a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist.
Dr Monica Sehgal of the Willis Knighton Women’s Specialists in South said gynecological care for young girls focuses on the health of their reproductive systems. Some problems these younger patients face are abnormal menstrual cycles, early or late puberty, or pelvic pain. But much of the practice is preventive.
“You will tell him what is safe and what is not.” You know, prevention is the best thing, âSehgal said. âLater this girl will be sexually active. So she needs to be aware of her body – what is good for her, what is not, and how she can avoid infections, how she can avoid having an unwanted pregnancy. All of these things need to be discussed during this visit.
A pelvic exam is usually not done unless the girl is sexually active. If so, then it is important that she is educated about sexually transmitted infections. About 20 million STIs are diagnosed each year in the United States, and almost half of them are in the 15-24 age group.
âGonorrhea and chlamydia are the most common sexually transmitted infections in this age group. They are treatable. But they can be asymptomatic for a long time, âSehgal said. âSo if you don’t deal with them in time, they can cause infertility later on. They can cause scarring, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chronic pain.
Pediatric and adolescent gynecologists also provide a place for young girls to ask questions that they might not feel comfortable asking their parents. It’s a safe space for parents and their daughters to start difficult conversations.