Gynecology for Teens

 Gynecology for TeensAt Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we strive to provide the highest quality gynecologic care to women from Bucks, Montgomery, and Hunterdon counties. From menopause management to choosing the best contraception for you, we offer comprehensive services to meet a wide variety of needs for patients of all ages. Many of our patients are teenagers who visit us for various treatments and procedures. When it comes to gynecology, we believe that many young women could benefit from some useful information to help them stay happy and healthy. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and insights on young women’s health for our teenage patients. 

About Your Menstrual Cycle

Your menstrual cycle is one of the ways your body prepares for pregnancy. At the early stage of this cycle, an egg develops in the ovaries while the lining of the uterus grows. The egg then emerges from the ovary halfway through your cycle in a process called ovulation. The egg slowly makes it way down the fallopian tube. If the egg is fertilized, it will develop into a fetus. Otherwise, your body will simply absorb the egg. Once this cycle is over, the lining of the uterus is expelled from the body through the vagina.

Teenagers experiencing problems with their menstrual cycles should be evaluated as there are many treatments available. Some of the most common problems women experience with their menstrual cycles include:

  • The absence of a period (amenorrhea)
  • Pain when menstruating (dysmenorrhea)
  • Excessively heavy or long periods (menorrhagia)
  • Excessively light or infrequent periods (oligomenorrhea)

Your First with a Gynecologist

Teenagers should see their gynecologists for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15. When you visit your gynecologist for the first time, you can expect to be asked some questions concerning your overall health, your menstrual cycle and sexual activities. It is important to answer these questions honestly. If you are worried about us sharing some of the information you give us with your parents, let us know. We will tell you what will remain confidential and what we must disclose. We may conduct a few routine exams such as a physical exam, breast exam and pelvic exam, depending upon your specific needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (215) 340-2229, or talk to someone who you trust and are comfortable with about what to expect.

Teenage Sex

Even though it may seem like it, not all teenagers are sexually active. For those times when you may want to have sex, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I really want to have sex or is this person pressuring me to do so?
  • Do I really care for this person and does this person care for me?
  • Does this person respect me and my views of life?
  • How will I protect myself against sexually transmitted infections and prevent becoming pregnant?
  • Is this person sexually active with others?
  • Will we remain a couple if either one of us does not want to have sex?

It is important to know that you do not have to have sex in order to show you care about your partner. You can show the person how much you care by spending time alone together and being close without having sex. It is perfectly OK to not want sex and to say how you feel about it. It is never OK for someone to pressure you into having sex. If you’re not ready to become sexually involved, stand your ground and set boundaries during those times you’re intimate.

If you do decide to become sexually active, talk to your family doctor, gynecologist, parent or an adult you trust about how you can prevent becoming pregnant and contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Choosing Birth Control

The many types of contraception include:

  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Long-acting, reversible contraception
  • Vaginal rings

While their intention is the same, each method has unique properties and one may be better suited to you than the others. Because there are several methods of birth control available today, it’s important to speak with your gynecologist or doctor about which method is right for you.

Schedule a consultation with one of our healthcare professionals by calling (215) 340-2229,  to help determine what birth control method makes the most sense for your needs and lifestyle.

Contact Doylestown Women's Health Center

If you have any questions about gynecology for teens, simply call our Doylestown office at (215) 340-2229. Our friendly, helpful staff is always more than happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation to help determine which birth control method makes the most sense for your needs and lifestyle. We are also available to any other gynecologic or obstetric questions you may have.

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