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Girl Talk, When to Make That First Gyn Visit

January 03, 2011

Lisa Beaudry, CNM, Dr. Dyanne Tappin and Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, MD, Baystate Medical Practice Mary Lane OB/Gyn.




Many mothers wonder when their daughters should make their first visit to the gynecologist.


“It is recommended that women of all ages check in with a gynecologist or health care provider every year or two as part of overall preventative healthcare,” said Dr. Dyanne Tappin, of Baystate Medical Practice Mary Lane Ob/Gyn.   “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see a gynecologist when they're between the ages of 13 and 15.  Not all girls will need a pelvic exam during this initial visit, though.  Many times we will just do a regular health exam and talk to a girl about her development,” notes Dr. Tappin.


“This is a great way for your daughter to develop a relationship with her gynecologist, so that she is comfortable sharing personal information in the future,” notes Dr. Tappin.  “While it is good for teenage girls should see a gynecologist, it is especially important if your daughter has problems with her period or been sexually active.”


According to Dr. Tappin, a visit to Mary Lane Ob/Gyn will provide your daughter with a place where she can get accurate information and confidential answers to any questions she may have about her changing body, menstruation, pap smear testing, and sexuality.   She will also have a place where she will learn about healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and pregnancy prevention.  


“Your daughter’s exam will include a basic physical exam, just like at “regular” doctors, including an examination of their blood pressure, and weight,” notes Lisa Beaudry, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife at the practice.   “We will do a breast exam, and teach your daughter how to do a breast self-exam (BSE).   The visit may also include an abdominal exam to note if any spots are tender or painful, and a pelvic exam when warranted,” notes Beaudry.   


“It's very normal to be uneasy about something when you don't know what to expect,” said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, medical director of the practice.  “We take the time, both before and after a visit to our office to answer any questions or concerns that our patients might have,” notes Dr. Ahmed.


“One of the best parts of beginning a relationship with a gynecologist is that it gives young women a great go-to person for any questions.  We want to be their personal source of honest, accurate women’ health information for years to come,” notes Dr. Ahmed.  “Adolescence can also a rough time for most teenagers.  A visit to the gynecologist can prove empowering for young women and can help them to adopt the attitude that sexually transmitted diseases won't happen to them and help them feel empowered to make health conscious and safe decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health,” said Dr. Ahmed. 

Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Tappin and Lisa Beaudry, CNM, provide comprehensive care to women at two locations:  Baystate Medical Practice Mary Lane OB/Gyn, at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware or at 95 Sargent Street, Rt. 9 in Belchertown.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Baystate Medical Practice Mary Lane Ob/Gyn at 413-967- 2655.