21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21

When making an appointment with a gynecologist, you may have heard that you should make your first appointment at age 21. And while there’s typically no harm in waiting, having your first pap test before you turn 21 can improve your health and prevent certain health problems. Take a look at the infographic below to see 21 reasons you should see a gynecologist before age 21.

21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21 Infographic

See a Gynecologist for Your Health

Making your first gynecologist appointment before age 21 has several benefits for your health. This appointment can:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Have urinary tract infections diagnosed and treated
  • Start healthy habits for healthy bones
  • Get treatment for conditions like vaginal discharge, itching, or odor

See a Gynecologist About Your Periods

An appointment with a gynecologist before you turn 21 can also answer questions about your period. This can provide you with information like:

  • Finding out if your period is normal
  • Getting relief from painful periods
  • Learning why your period is too heavy
  • Finding out why your periods are too close together, too far apart, or why you’re spotting in between periods
  • Getting options for dealing with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

See a Gynecologist for Information on Sexuality and Relationships

A gynecologist can do more for you than just diagnose and treat medical conditions. Seeing a gynecologist can also provide you information on sexuality and relationships, like how to:

  • Develop a safe and healthy relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Know when a relationship has become threatening or harmful
  • Discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender relationships
  • Think things through before having sex for the first time
  • Practice safe sex

See a Gynecologist About Pregnancy

Making an appointment with a gynecologist is also helpful to learn about pregnancy and birth control. In this appointment, you can:

  • Get birth control so you can become pregnant when the time is right for you
  • Make a plan for a safe and healthy pregnancy
  • Be tested for pregnancy
  • Find out your options if you become pregnant

See a Gynecologist for Sexually Transmitted Disease

An appointment with a gynecologist can also help inform, prevent the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and answer questions or concerns. The gynecologist can do this by:

  • Teaching you the steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and lower your risk of becoming infected
  • Administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Providing tests for STIs and HIV if you are sexually active

See a Gynecologist At A Woman’s Healing Center

There are lots of reasons to see a gynecologist before age 21. And our doctors at A Woman’s Healing Center are happy to answer all your questions at your first gynecologist appointment. Watch the video below to hear Dr. Skorberg explain why you should see a gynecologist before age 21.

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Infographic from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists