Gynecology & Women’s Health
Welcome to adolescent gynecology at VPFW
Going to the gynecologist for the first time is part of growing up—but it doesn’t have to be a scary experience! Our compassionate OB/GYNs are understanding of the challenges teens face, and they’re happy to help them navigate the changes they experience during this transitional time in their lives.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that adolescent girls receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 and visit a gynecologist for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15. If they are experiencing any health problems or if they are sexually active, it’s important to take them sooner. Visits may or may not include a physical exam, depending on the patient’s unique needs. They are mainly a chance to talk with a doctor about the changes a girl’s body goes through, discuss any issues, and ask any questions.
Our providers are well-versed in discussing concerns and relevant topics with teens. We will talk about body development and image, breast health, self-confidence, weight management, and menstrual cycles—including cramps, irregular periods, and other potential issues. Personal hygiene, immunizations, and other ways to minimize health risks will be part of the conversation as well. It’s also a chance to discuss sexual health and pregnancy prevention.
Check out our provider profiles to choose a gynecologist at a VPFW location near you in Richmond, VA or the surrounding areas. You can also check out our new patient information page for information specific to new patients who are under 18.