Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

At what age should a girl start to see an OB-Gyn provider?

I get asked a lot if there's a right age for a girl to see an OBGYN for the first time. There's been a lot of changes around the guidelines for pap smears so we've changed the guidelines on pap smears so now we ask that women get their first pap smear at the age of 21. But that doesn't mean that there is not a reason for your teenage daughter to see an OBGYN. We have a lot of women that come in because they have irregular periods or painful periods or they're not having their period as often as they should be, so not on a monthly basis, so those are all reasons that you might want to bring your daughter in earlier to see an OBGYN.

Though girls typically start their first period between 9 and 16, it’s not necessary for them to regularly start visiting an OB-Gyn provider for their gynecologic health until they turn 21.

Guidelines now recommend that women get their first Pap smear at 21, which makes it a good time to start regular OB-Gyn visits, Premier Physician Network (PPN) providers say.

However, if a girl has periods that become irregular, heavy, painful, or isn’t having periods at all, it’s a good idea to plan an OB-Gyn visit earlier.

For more information about when a girl should start seeing an OB-Gyn provider, talk with your doctor.

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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