I am only 16 years old. Do I need to have a pelvic exam?
No, a pelvic exam is not needed if you are not sexually active and are under 21 years old. Instead, your visit will be very similar to your typical pediatric visit, with the addition of a breast exam, which we will make as comfortable as possible. We will have a conversation about your general health, and address any concerns or questions you have.
A lot of my friends have gotten their period already, but I haven’t. Is there something wrong with me?
No, there is nothing wrong. Every girl is different and will start puberty at different times. Your period can start as early as 10 years old, or even as late as 15 years old. However, if you have any specific concerns about your body and puberty, please do not hesitate to talk to your provider. We are happy to answer any questions.
Do I have to use a tampon? Are they painful?
No, tampons are not the only way to manage your period flow. While tampons are not usually painful, some girls prefer other options. Two other common methods are pads and menstrual cups. Pads are worn inside your underwear to absorb your flow. Menstrual cups are inserted into your vagina, but are typically plastic or rubber, and can stay inside for a longer period of time. There are many ways to manage your period flow - talk to your provider about what might be the best option for you to be most comfortable.
I got my first period, but haven’t had another since. It has been a couple months. Is there something wrong?
Many girls have irregular periods when they first start puberty. It can take several months and maybe even a year before your menstrual cycle becomes consistent.
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County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C. is dedicated to caring for the special health needs of women of all ages, whether they are just entering puberty, expecting a baby, or navigating menopause.
Our warm and professional staff are trained to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, including adult and adolescent gynecology, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology.