Our women’s health experts at May-Grant OB/GYN have provided gynecological care for over 50 years. We have generations of midwives, nurse practitioners, and physicians ready to help teenagers and young women receive the health care they need most, including wellness exams and treatments for fibroids, ovarian cysts, and more.
Adolescent gynecology specializes in providing medicine and treatment for teenage girls and young women, helping them learn about their bodies and take control of their health. As a specialty, adolescent gynecology includes wellness checkups and pap smears and provides care for sexual health concerns such as STDs, painful periods, and unwanted pregnancies.
Young women should have their first visit with an OB/GYN between the ages of 13 to 15. First exams can be terrifying at first, but our team can help do everything we can to ensure that young teenagers feel comfortable in our office and create safe spaces to take about their health. During the first examinations, our specialists will perform the following:
- Medical Questionnaire: During the medical questionnaire, our specialists can discuss your concerns about your medical history, including period problems, birth control, sexual activity, and possible painful symptoms.
- Breast Exam: Breast cancer is considered rare for teenagers but is still an essential part of the visit for detecting lumps, cysts, or other breast problems.
- Pelvic Exam: Our specialists can observe the ovaries, uterus, and cervix to screen for health problems using a speculum device.
- Pap Smear: Pap smears are performed during the pelvic exam to check for changes in the cervical wall, STDs, and other diseases.
Why Specialized Care is Essential for Adolescents
Early and regular gynecological care is crucial for adolescents to:
- Establish a foundation for lifelong reproductive health.
- Address any menstrual concerns or disorders early.
- Provide education on sexual health and responsible behaviors.
- Create a trusted relationship with a healthcare provider in a safe and confidential setting.
As young women grow and learn about their bodies, our May-Grant OB/GYN team can help aid their growth by providing a comfortable, welcoming environment to care for their health. Young women who come to us for gynecology care can benefit from our leading specialists, commitment to our communities, and extensive reach of services throughout the Lancaster areas. At May-Grant OB/GYN, we provide the following:
- Seven Locations: We provide seven locations across the Lancaster through cities such as Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, Lititz.
- In-House Treatments: Our in-house treatments, including ablation mammographies and obstetric care, make us a valuable resource for women everywhere seeking women’s healthcare.
- In-House Laboratories: Our team can effectively diagnose and treat women’s health conditions through our in-house equipment, including ultrasound, laboratory tests, and mammography equipment to perform diagnostic procedures.
- Leading Team of Women’s Health Specialists: Our team of midwives, certified nurse practitioners, and physicians is here to help you gain the most out of your healthcare. As a team that’s been around for over 50 years, we have been voted as the number one practice in the area for years and dedicate ourselves to providing the best women’s healthcare possible.
Preparing for Your Visit
We strive to make each adolescent’s visit as comfortable as possible. Parents and guardians can support their teens by discussing what to expect and emphasizing the importance of honest and open communication with their healthcare provider.
With early and appropriate gynecological care, adolescents can achieve better health outcomes, gaining the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: At what age should adolescents have their first gynecological visit?
A: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that adolescents have their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13 and 15.
Q: What can my child expect during their first visit?
A: The first visit often includes a general physical exam and an external genital exam. Internal exams are usually not performed unless there are specific health concerns.
Q: Is the HPV vaccine safe, and who should receive it?
A: The HPV vaccine is safe and recommended for both girls and boys, ideally administered before the onset of sexual activity, starting at age 11 or 12.
Q: Can adolescents receive confidential care?
A: Yes, we respect the confidentiality of our adolescent patients while also encouraging open communication with parents or guardians when appropriate.
Empowering Young Women with Adolescent Gynecology Care at May-Grant OB/GYN
At May-Grant OB/GYN, we’re committed to providing the specialized care that adolescents need to navigate the complex world of reproductive health with confidence. Our team is here to support, educate, and empower young women and their families. Contact us at 717-397-8177 to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards comprehensive adolescent gynecological care.