Your provider will meet with you and your parent(s) if accompanying you, and then will have a private talk with you.
For a well visit, most of the time will be spending talking.
Your provider will:
- Ask a lot of personal questions about you and your family so that they know how best to care for you.
- Learn about you and the questions or problems you may have. Many young women share the same health concerns, most of which are a normal part of growing up.
- Discuss normal development, and normal menstrual periods so that you know when you may have a problem with your period.
- Talk to you about safety, including abstinence, use of contraceptives, avoiding smoking, alcohol, and drugs, as well as how to avoid dating violence. The leading causes of death of women this age include accidents, cancer, suicide, homicide, heart disease, genetic abnormalities, chronic lower respiratory disease, influenza (flu) and pneumonia. Your provider will screen you for risks associated with these conditions.
- Perform an examination similar to what you have had with your pediatrician or family practitioner. This helps your provider understand your development in puberty. A medical assistant or nurse will be present. You may also ask to have your mother with you.
Most healthy teens will not need a pelvic exam.
For problem visits, your provider will use ultrasound and urine tests as a first line for evaluation, and perform a vaginal exam only when absolutely necessary.
Your provider can answer questions about cramps and problems with your menstrual period, tampon use, headaches with your period, vaginal infections, acne, weight, sex and sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, alcohol, drugs, smoking, as well as emotional ups and downs.