Why Should You Visit a Gynecologist at Age 13?

Posted on : May 31, 2023 by Clinic One on Ob Gyn

It is often rare for females to seek a gynaecologist’s help before they encounter some issues. However, while most women are unaware, 13 to 15 is the perfect age for women to visit a gynaecologist for a regular check-up.

Often, we have the misconception that we need a gynaecologist’s help only when we have a health issue.

On the other hand, a routine timely gynaecologist visit from a young age is very beneficial for a female.

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Reasons Why should you visit a Gynaecologist at Age 13

  • Age 13 to 15 is a prime age for a woman’s body to start changing
    A woman’s age between 13 and 15 is a crucial time as her body goes through several physical changes.
    One of the most important changes a woman goes through is hitting puberty around this age and transitioning from childhood to adolescence.
    Some of the changes that are visible are growth spurts, menstruation, hormonal changes, body hair growth, fat distribution, and many more.
  • Menstrual cycle
    Girls usually get their periods between the ages of 11 and 14. Periods then start becoming a regular occurrence every once a month.
    Periods can usually last from 2 to 7 days and vary from person to person.
    Visiting the doctor beforehand will help them to alleviate anxiety caused during menses and would eventually help them to understand the period cycle and also help them to follow menstrual hygiene so as to prevent the infection of private parts further.
    Often females neglect their irregular periods, thinking it is nothing major, and sometimes it might lead to some other lethal conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), thyroid conditions, birth control methods, stress, and other conditions related to the reproductive system.
    Therefore, visiting a gynaecologist about the female’s period cycles also prevents them from several other conditions.
  • Sexuality and physical relationships
    Girls often start exploring their sexuality and their sexual needs when they enter adolescence. Whenever you are sexually active, it is essential for a female to have a timely gynaecological visit. Sexually active women are often at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
    Some common STDs women are exposed to after being sexually active are herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HPV infection, and many more.
    Often, HPV infection can lead to a more severe case such as cervical cancer if not treated in time. Therefore, it is important to take preventive measures and treat the infections on time.
    A gynaecologist can not only help in treating these infections but can also inform women about the infections and measures to prevent themselves from these sexually transmitted diseases.
    The gynaecologist would also advise and guide them for the safer sex so as to avoid unwanted pregnancy along with the STIs
  • Familiarity with Gynecologists for a long run
    The first-ever gynaecologist visit is always nerve-wracking in some ways.
    Some people are often nervous about the results of the reports, while others are nervous and embarrassed about the procedures themselves.
    Going to a gynaecologist is never easy, and often we tend to ignore regular gynaecological checkups until we encounter some issues.
    However, if we create the habit of going to a gynaecologist from a young age, a woman will be more comfortable making timely routine gynaecologist visits. This also sets up a good relationship between the gynaecologist and the patient.

What can a Female expect on her First Gynecologist Visit?

Women are often nervous about their first gynaecologist appointment.

While some women have the misconception that they have to prepare for a gynaecologist visit by shaving their private areas, other women are nervous about being judged.

But in reality, a woman does not have to do anything out of the ordinary in order to prepare for a gynecologist visit. A woman also does not have to shave before her gynecologist visit. However, she will have to go through several tests, such as a vaginal exam, a speculum pelvic exam, a pap smear, and a bimanual exam. The doctor will advise you on when you should visit next and ways to stay healthy and away from infections.

Therefore, a gynaecologist visit is often misinterpreted by many people, and it is not as awkward as we think it is.

A gynaecologist visit is also very important and should be done regularly. As we all know prevention is always better than cure in order to stay healthy and take preventive measures beforehand.

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