Did you know, that The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology recommends that all girls routinely see the gynecologist between the ages of 13-15? This applies even if there are no immediate concerns.

This important visit for a young girl should not be accompanied by fear or anxiety. The right preparation & discussion with your daughter will make it a pleasant experience. Before the visit, I suggest sharing some reading material with your daughter regarding her first exam. I often provide this to you, or it can be obtained online. A good source is the ACOG Website www.acog.org.

Unlike previous health choices for your child, it’s wise to involve her in making the choice of her physician. Here are some ways to consider your daughter’s preferences. What type of health professional would she prefer, a male or female, older or younger? Explain as you both have experienced in choosing a pediatrician, that the personality, gentle touch, knowledge, experience and compassion are all very important.

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