When you enter your teenage years, you may have a lot of questions about your health and your body. Talk to your parents or another trusted adult about your concerns, and also about scheduling a visit to your family physician or gynecologist. One of the most important steps you can take for your health is to start your yearly physical exam.
During this yearly physical, your doctor will perform a basic physical and abdominal exam. They will give you advice about health issues and will be able to answer any questions you may have about feminine health or your period.
A doctor visit is also a great time for you to ask any questions that you might be uncomfortable asking your parents or friends. Don’t be afraid to be honest with your doctor and bring up things that may seem embarrassing to talk about. Be prepared to discuss your family’s medical history, your sexual history (if any) and if you’ve been having any unusual bleeding, discomfort, itching, or unusual discharge or odor. You may also want to ask your doctor about pH and how it affects your feminine health.
If you are visiting a gynecologist for the first time, here is a helpful guide from the American Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians:
Being a teenager is all about growing and changing. Your mind and body are growing and trying to understand all the changes. The best way to better understand these changes is to educate yourself by talking to a trusted adult and asking questions.