If you have tweens or teens, you’ve no doubt noticed things have changed since you were that age. Maybe you talked about puberty and sex with your parents, or maybe they left it to a pamphlet or health class, or didn’t discuss it at all. Today, what’s recommended is more open communication between parents and teens, according to Stacey N. Nalley, APRN, a pediatric and adolescent gynecology nurse practitioner with Norton Children’s Gynecology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.
Seeing a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, rather than a provider who cares for adult women, can be beneficial for a girl. These providers specialize in gynecological care for girls and teens, and understand how to communicate with children, teens and parents on sensitive topics. Stacey encourages parents to take their daughters to their first gynecology appointment between ages 11 and 13, as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Norton Children’s Gynecology
Schedule an appointment with a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist.
Call (502) 559-1750
The first visit doesn’t have to include a pelvic exam, unless the provider believes it necessary. The main goal of the visit is to build healthy habits that last a lifetime: getting regular screenings and establishing an honest relationship with a health care provider.