When Your Teen Should Start Seeing an OB/GYN

a young teen with a nurse to represent when your daughter should start seeing an obgyn

Triangle Physicians for Women serves women in all stages of life including the very first gynecology appointment. While many parents stay on top of all of their child’s necessary doctors appointments, there is still some confusion when it comes to scheduling their daughter’s first trip to the OB/GYN. Because of the variations between body, lifestyle, and maturation, what may be an appropriate time for one girl may not be the same as her best friend. Triangle Physicians for Women advises our patients to wait and see us when they reach the age of 18 unless otherwise referred by a pediatrician. 

Basic Guidelines

Although the average age of a girl’s first period is around 12 and a half, it’s more likely that their body has started to change by the time they reach her teen years. Your daughter’s pediatrician is generally able to handle most questions related to puberty and development, including issues with your daughter’s period such as moderate cramping. For severe cramping or heavy bleeding, a pediatrician may make a referral to an OB/GYN for treatment and recommendations. Other than any out-of-the-ordinary circumstances, your daughter’s pediatrician can provide appropriate care until your daughter reaches 18, and annual exams begin. 

Reasons Why Your Teen Should Start Seeing an OB/GYN

While Pap tests are not necessary until your daughter reaches the age of 21, there are some instances where your daughter would be referred to an OB/GYN during her teens. OB/GYN doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating UTIs, treating conditions related to vaginal itching and discharge, diagnosing menstrual problems that might cause pain or heavy bleeding, and addressing questions and issues related to overall sexual health.   

In most of these cases, a referral to a midwife is also an appropriate choice as midwives are specialists in woman’s gynecological health care.

What to Expect on the First Visit

It can be intimidating and uncomfortable for your teen to walk into an OB/GYN office for the first time, but it’s important that you both know that it is more often than not a simple and seamless first visit. Typically, only a general physical exam will occur, which is not different from what your daughter would experience in a pediatrician’s office. This includes having their height, weight, and blood pressure checked. Pelvic exams are not usually administered on the first visit unless the patient is sexually active or is experiencing heavy bleeding or painful periods. To learn some more helpful tips relating to your daughter’s appointment preparation, feel free to refer to our blog, Preparing Your Daughter For Her First OB/GYN Appointment.

Talk To An OB/GYN Provider

If your daughter is under the age of 18 and you feel your daughter needs the specialized care of an OB/GYN, ask her pediatrician for a referral to our office.  If you have further questions regarding a possible visit for your daughter, please reach out to us at (919) 678-6900.

Dr. Pearce was attentive, listened well, and provided a comfortable experience for me. My recent vaginal exams have been very uncomfortable and she provided a very comfortable exam this time.

Dr. Pearce was AMAZING! She answered all my questions and didn’t make me feel rushed. Best experience I’ve had at Triangle yet! She really put my worried first-time mom mind at ease.

I think Dr. Grana and her assistant (Mandy) are the best. I have been going to TP4W for years – at least 20, and I have never been disappointed with the level of care I have received. I can be a challenge as my level for pain tolerance is low and they put up with me! I can’t help but highly recommend the practice to anyone looking for exemplary women’s healthcare.

Love love love Dr. Grana and her crew. Love going to Holly Springs office. The girls are the best from Lisa at the front desk to all the girls in the back. Your music and atmosphere is great. Thanks for making these appointments fun!! Yes believe it or not, fun!!!

Dr V and the office staff were all very professional, understanding, caring and very efficient. I would be happy to recommend this practice to friends, family and associates. – Barbara M. Lucas

My visit was great! & my past visit have all been great.Kristy helped me even with me being a bit stressed & in a hurry because I had to be seen & my job is super strict. Her urgency to get me seen was phenomenal. I even got to see Heather, she’s awesome & amazing. She helped deliver my baby girl a year ago. My whole family loves her and Dr Sheshadri. We actually can’t wait to get pregnant again hahaha. Everyone treats you with respect and always makes sure your okay & answers whatever questions you have before you leave. Even leaving a message for the nurses,they get back to you so quickly.  This practice really makes you feel taken care of.  We appreciate you all!  – Erika Hooks

My experience with the TP4W staff has been top of the line.  They helped me through three pregnancies and coached me through every step of the way.  Eternally thankful I chose TP4W.  – Britney

TP4W have such amazing doctors, midwives and nurses.  I cannot say enough about Dr. Grana and the rest of the staff for all the help, advice, guidance and medical care they provided me with all of my kids.  She made me feel safe and calm through both c-sections.  My routine care and pregnancy care have always been top notch and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an OBGYN.  – Brooke

We were honored to receive a hand written note..

Dr. Grana, Angie, Jessica, Heather, April, Sarah and the rest of the staff –

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of me through both of my pregnancies and births, especially my latest one on 10/29! most of yall know how nervous I was from having gone through a lot (to say the least) with my first in 2016. You all made me feel so comfortable and at ease before, during and after. And going through a touch year with my dad, you guys always asked how he was doing at every appointment, which was so thoughtful and beyond your job description. I know that you all see many women go through what i did each and every day and deliver many babies and perform many c-sections. But I hope you know how special Ruby’s delivery was to me. You all have amazing jobs! I cannot thank you all enough. Merry Christmas!

Love, Lucy

I have been going to TP4W since 2010/11 and could not be happier.

The staff, nurses, midwives, and doctors are all amazing. I have 2 sons, both delivered via cesarean by Dr. V. Every visit and every provider did everything in their power to give me the birth experience I wanted, and also ensure that myself and my babies were safe and healthy. Dr. V even did everything in his power to help me avoid my first c-section and VBAC with the second, but that turned out to be out of his hands and he was the absolute best surgeon. With my two pregnancies, I experienced a few scares and some unusual circumstances that would be too long and too private to write in a review, but every single hurdle was handled with grace, honesty, and professionalism. I am so thankful for the recommendation from a friend to come to this office. I can’t imagine ever going to another practice.