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eryn_smiles
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Hey guys [Smile] , hope you're all keeping well.

Regarding this-
"It's really recommended that you start getting pelvic exams once you begin menstruating (although pap smears are not necessary until you become sexually active or turn 21)."
http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/28/t/005985.html

Could you please provide a reference which states this or let me know which organization recommends this? I ask because where I live, some health professionals are explicitly taught NOT to do pelvic exams (or transvaginal ultrasounds) in girls and women who haven't been sexually active yet, as it can be too distressing.

Thanks!

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Karybu
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Hey Eryn! Here's what I could find on the subject.

From the main site: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/sexual_health_101_hers

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends girls have their first gyn visit between the ages of 13 and 15, although a pelvic exam at that time may not be necessary.

Hope that's helpful.

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