At what age should a woman begin seeing a gynecologist?

Teenage girls should set up an appointment to meet their gynecologist some time between the ages of 13 and 16.  Although pelvic exams are usually not required during the first visit, this visit allows a teen to become familiar with the doctor or nurse and establish a medical and sexual history.  This is a good opportunity to educate teenage girls about contraceptives and sexually transmitted disease.  Once a woman is sexually active, she should begin exams.

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