21 Reasons To See A Gynecologist Before Age 21

Although most young women don’t need to have a pap smear until they become sexually active, there are:

  1. Stay at a healthy body weight and feel good about your body
  2. Start good habits for healthy bones.
  3. Learn if you have a urinary tract infection and get treatment if you do.
  4. Get treatment for vaginal itching, discharge, or odor.
  5. Learn if your periods are normal.
  6. Get relief if your periods are painful.
  7. Find out why your periods are too heavy.
  8. Find out why your periods are too close or too far apart or why bleeding happens in between your periods.
  9. Learn ways to deal with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) problems.
  10. Have safe and healthy relationships with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  11. Know when a relationship is threatening or harmful.
  12. Talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender topics.
  13. Think things through before you have sex for the first time.
  14. Learn about safe sex.
  15. Get birth control so you can choose to become pregnant when the time is right for you.
  16. Plan ahead for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
  17. Get tested for pregnancy.
  18. Know what your options are if you become pregnant.
  19. Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.
  20. Get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
  21. Get tested for STED’s and HIV if you are sexually active.

Information collected from ACOG (American College of OB/GYN)

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