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AngelElisheva
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When (or under what circumstances), in general, should a teenager begin going to the gynecologist? I've heard eighteen or when she becomes sexually active, I've heard thirteen, I've heard fifteen, I've heard...well, you get the idea. Just for the record, I am fourteen and a virgin in all aspects of the term.

Also, should a woman go to a general practitioner as well as a gynecologist, or just a gynecologist?

Thanks a ton!

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The general concensous seems to be 18 or when you become sexually active. It's also recamended that you still see your regular doctor in addition to the gyno. From personal experience, I'm 16 now, and I went to the gyno before I became sexually active so she could help me decide on the best form of birth control for me.

In your case, unless you are worried about something, you probably don't need to see the gyno just yet.

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From our fab article here at Scarleteen. Your First Gynecologist Visit

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In fact, after you begin your period, you should begin the habit of having an annual (yearly) exam with a gynecologist. Your regular doctor (general practitioner, or GP) can't do the best job of determining your vaginal or reproductive health

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AngelElisheva
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Yeah, my mother thinks I should start going, but then other people have told me I don't need to, and I've never had any problems like yeast infections...just thought I'd see what everyone else thought.

When did you guys start going to the gyno?

~Angel~

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Gumdrop Girl
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going to the gyno is a good idea once you've started menstruating (but don't schedule your appointments during your flow).

i started going when i was 17, even though i reached menarche at the age of 13. i was having problems with my menstrual cycle.

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LilBlueSmurf
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I went to the GYN at age 10 Take that!! LOL

I had problems w/ all sorts of infections and whatever... i only went once and all she did was look.

I haven't been to one since b/c i can't get a damn referal

Point being ... the general concensus (sp?) around here is to go once you start your period.


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My personal opinion on this is to go as soon as you possibly can. The particular health care plan I was on didn't let me go until I turned 17, but I think that's ridiculous. And yes, sometimes you have to get referrals.

But I wish, wish, wish I could have gone when I first started my period, if not shortly before. It would have quelled a lot of my fears while going through puberty, thinking about sexual activity, practicing birth control, etc.

So if you have the choice, go for it!

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Lisa D
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I started going to the gyno at 15, which was well before I started having sex at 18.

I had problem periods, which is why I first went. But, even after I dealt with that problem, I went every year. Just thought it was a very good habit to get into.

typically, the gyno is the only doctor i visit yearly now. I only go to my GP if I'm sick, or need a prescription refilled. My gyno is very, very, very thorough so I feel confident with her evaluating my overall health.


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