Gynecologic Recommendations for Women and Girls Under 21

 

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology pic

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Image: acog.org

A diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keith Reisler, MD, provides comprehensive women’s care in Plano, TX. At his clinical practice, Dr. Keith Reisler examines patients of all ages.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), girls should schedule their first ob-gyn visit between the ages of 13 and 15. In this visit, patients can establish relationships with their doctors and discuss issues relating to development, the menstrual cycle, and body image.

If needed, the physician may discuss the HPV vaccine and contraception. Following the initial visit, ACOG recommends yearly visits through age 21.

According to ACOG, women and girls under 21 who are sexually active should receive screenings for the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia. Because no more than two girls per million test positive for cervical cancer every year, ACOG does not recommend Pap smears for patients between the ages of 15 and 20. Breast cancer is also rare in this population, prompting ACOG not to recommend breast exams for girls under 20 years of age.