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When Is it Time to Start Seeing a Gynecologist?

I’ve had my period for a few years now — is it time for me to start seeing a gynecologist?
– Cindy*

Probably. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that a girl first see a  between the ages of 13 and 15.

Other health care providers who see teens for sexual health wellness visits include adolescent medicine physicians and family practice doctors, as well as nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.

Your gynecologist (or other expert health care provider) can:

Here are other reasons to see your health care provider or gynecologist:

See a doctor right away if you:

Getting into the habit of seeing a gynecologist yearly is a great way to ensure your good health now and in the future.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Date reviewed: November 2015

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