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TonicTwelve
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Well the title pretty much says it all. Frankly, I'm not fussed, I'm in no particular hurry and it sure does save a lot of fuss. The only problem is that my mum has decided that if I havn't got it by the time I turn 15 then she is going to take me to a doctor. Which is not an exciting prospect because doctors make me really nervous.

So my questions are: 1. Is going for a checkup to see if everything is ok down there neccesary/ a good idea? and 2. If I do go, what methods do they use to check? I mean is it an internal examination or a blood test or what?

Thanks in advance,
Caitlin [Smile]

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There's really no need to see a doctor about this.

While yes, that is on the later end of the spectrum, it also has to do with when you started puberty (recently or some time ago?) and also with your body weight and the levels of fat in your body.

However, even if you do go to the doctor, all they will probably do is a general physical. Something like a GYN exam won't actually give them any information about this save in the rare case where there is a resilient hymen blocking flow that is actually happening (and that's something you can check yourself with a finger or a hand mirror). If they thought there was a real problem, they might also do some bloodwork to check your hormone levels or thyroid, or an abdominal ultrasound to look at your uterus.

But I'm guessing that if you're in otherwise good health, and at a healthy weight, the doctor will probably do nothing else at all and tell your mother not to worry about this.

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Thanks for the info [Smile]
It's possible that she forgets anyway, and I think shes partially doing it because hse was late too and had to see a doctor about it, so she thinks it would be a good idea for me.

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It's all in our hands,
Got to learn to respect,
What we don't understand,
We are fortunate ones,
Fortunate ones, I swear."


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By 18? By 18 I'd be concerned and say it's time to talk to a healthcare provider about it. But by 15? No.

And by all means, if this was how things were for your mother, and what was done for her, that may be why she is leaping to this. Has she told you what the doctor said when SHE went?

On the other hand, genetics play no small part in when a woman starts getting periods and how her periods are, so one reason why you may not have it yet at 15 is because your mother didn't, either. [Smile]

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