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When should a young woman receive her first gynecological exam?
It is recommended that girls see a gynecologist at age 15 for a consultation. The goal is to help the teen and the OB/GYN health care provider establish a relationship; pelvic exams are generally not done during this visit, unless there is a problem that requires an exam. The provider can generally address issues related to periods, sexuality, dating, alcohol and drugs. Pap smears should be done beginning at age 21 or three years after first sexual intercourse.
If there are any concerns regarding normal female development or abnormal periods, visits can begin sooner. Visits for those types of issues may require an internal or external pelvic exam, as well as other testing.