Posted on 9/19/2016
As children grow older, it’s important that they begin to learn how
to navigate the healthcare system. Handing over certain healthcare responsibilities
to your daughter and acknowledging that she has a confidential relationship
with her pediatrician are essential steps to raising a young adult with
healthcare literacy. When it’s time for your daughter’s first gynecologic visit,
you can put your trust in Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.
Explain what your teen can expect at the appointment.
It’s perfectly normal for teens to experience a little anxiety before
going to the children’s hospital for a first gynecologic appointment.
Often, this anxiety is attributable to a lack of understanding about what
to expect. Explain to your daughter that the initial visit primarily consists
of a discussion between her and her doctor. Her doctor will ask lots of
questions about her health history and family health history, including
questions about her typical menstrual period and sexual activity. Your
daughter can also expect to receive a general physical exam, which includes
a check of her vital signs and an evaluation of any symptoms she’s
experiencing. Sometimes, an external genital exam is included at the first
gynecologic visit, although pelvic exams are usually not performed at
this time unless atypical symptoms are present.
Help your teen feel at ease.
At this stage in your daughter’s life, it’s quite possible
that she’s experiencing heightened self-consciousness about her
body. Reassure your daughter that doctors are respectful, compassionate
professionals who have already seen everything there is to see about the
human body. Remind your daughter that the patient-doctor relationship
is strictly confidential and that the most important thing is for her
to be completely honest with her doctor about her health, including sexual activity.
Make suggestions for what she might want to discuss.
Your teen’s first gynecologic appointment is a good opportunity for
her to get the answers to the questions that she may be too embarrassed
to ask you about. Let your daughter know that
she can ask the doctor about anything—from mood swings to acne to weight.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs
of families in Las Vegas for more than three decades. At our children’s
hospital, you’ll find a comprehensive range of care-from high-risk
pregnancy prenatal care to preventive
pediatrics to children’s emergency care. If you have a general healthcare question,
you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.