Teens & Young Adults Establishing Gynecological Care
As young adults, you experience several life milestones and rites of passage in rapid succession – puberty, first love, graduation from high school or college, and your first ‘real’ job. It’s at this time that you may also become sexually active.
There is a lot to adjust to and get to know during this part of your life and it’s really important to have a good support system and establish healthy routines that will last you a lifetime.
Striving Towards Exceptional Patient Experiences
Our team strives to provide you with compassionate care and an approachable demeanor before, during and after appointments. We strive to facilitate honest conversations to address your health needs, concerns and challenges. It is when you feel comfortable, as a patient – to express your needs, ask questions, and feel empowered to take action – that you truly make the most of your relationship with your OBGYN or midwife.
If you have questions or feel concerned about your health, or are exploring other options - we encourage you to call us!
Our team can be reached in Middletown at 845-333-7575 or Monticello at 845-333-6800.
When should I Schedule My First OBGYN Appointment?
We typically recommend that our patients start establishing care with a gynecologist at age 18 - or when they first become sexually active.
And sometimes much earlier if menstrual conditions or period pain present themselves early in life during the transition of puberty. In the end, “when” is really a personal choice - based on your lifestyle and individual health.
What Should I Expect at My First Appointment?
It is common for women to be a bit nervous about seeing an OBGYN for the first time. Yes, there is typically an initial physical exam, but your first appointment is really where we will begin our relationship and get to know each other. We will discuss many things that pertain to your health – family, medical history and sexual health.
We may also discuss some of these common topics:
- Birth control options
- HPV Vaccinations
- STD Testing & Education
- Pregnancy Screenings
Breast & Pelvic Exams
Your first PAP test, to check for abnormal cells on the cervix that could lead to cancer, generally will take place when you are 21 or become sexually active, and will reoccur every 3 years. The pelvic exam will allow your OBGYN to look at your genitalia, vagina and uterus to check for any internal issues that could interfere with your reproductive health.
PAP test can happen earlier if you have had pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding, or are sexually active.
Common Gynecologic Conditions
Some common gynecologic conditions we see in this age group, include, but are not limited to:
- Amenorrhea – the absence of menstruation
- Endometriosis – A painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.
- Period Pain - Cramps and pelvic pain with menstruation, with common causes such as heavy flow, passing clots, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis.
- Ovarian cysts – a common condition where a solid or fluid-filled sac or pocket (cyst) is present within or on the surface of an ovary.
- Menstrual disorders – other disorders may include abnormal bleeding, light or infrequent menstruation, PMS, or PMDD.
If you or a loved one might be experiencing these symptoms, we encourage you to call us. Together, we can discuss your symptoms and, through a medical exam and medical history assessment, diagnose your condition and put you on a workable path to resolve or manage it.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our Women’s Health Department
Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Choosing a Provider Who is Right for You
We encourage you to explore your options when choosing a women’s health provider. This is an intimate journey and it’s important for you to seek out the OBGYN or midwife who can provide you with health care services that feel right for you.
Finding a provider who is supportive, and one with whom you can talk with honestly and openly, is one of the most important things you can do for your health. For the different ages and stages of your life - puberty to post-menopause, we will be there to help you maintain health and prevent illness.