Pediatric Gynecologist in Louisville, KY
At Kaplan Barron, we understand that the prospect of visiting a gynecologist can be daunting for adolescents, especially during their first annual exam. Our pediatricians in Louisville at Kaplan Barron is here to support our young patients every step of the way, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and respected throughout the process.
If you have any questions or concerns about pediatric gynecology or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your child’s health and well-being are our top priorities, and we look forward to serving you with excellence and compassion at Kaplan Barron. Call our pediatric clinic at (502) 452-6337 to schedule an appointment.
What is pediatric gynecology?
Our pediatricians are highly trained in pediatric adolescent gynecology. Our pediatricians offer reproductive healthcare for babies, kids, and teenagers. This care covers issues like vaginal discomfort or skin rashes, problems with growth and the female reproductive system. The female reproductive system includes the organs inside and outside the body responsible for fertility, periods, and sexual activity.
When should my child’s first gynecological check-up be?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that your child should have their first pediatric gynecology exam when they’re between 13 and 15 years old.
However, babies, children, and adolescents can visit our specialist (adolescent medicine or pediatric gynecologist) at any age. Young children are more susceptible to certain injuries and infections because their bodies don’t have as much estrogen.
How should my teen prepare for the exam?
The most important thing to do before the first gynecological exam is research. Teens should be prepared to discuss their family medical history and be ready for questions about their menstrual cycle. Some of the most commonly asked questions the pediatrician may ask include:
- When was your last period?
- How long does your period typically last?
- What age did you start your period?
- Are you sexually active?
What should my teen expect for the annual exam?
The pelvic exam only lasts a few minutes and the exam itself doesn’t hurt. Most physicians will explain the process before beginning the exam, asking questions throughout the process is encouraged. The pelvic exam consists of the following steps:
- The doctor will typically begin the annual exam with a breast exam to check for lumps that may be a sign of cancer.
- The physician will then check the external genital area for irritations, cysts or other problems.
- Next, the physician will insert a speculum, which is an instrument that is used to examine the cervix and vaginal walls. During this time, the doctor will also conduct a pap smear to check for cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.
- The last step in the physical exam is for the physician to check the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries by inserting gloved fingers into the vagina and pressing on the abdomen.
Not only does the annual exam ensure that your teen maintains good gynecological health, but it is also an opportunity to catch health problems in the early stages.
Schedule Your Teen’s Gynecologic Exam
We provide comprehensive gynecologic care tailored specifically for young girls and adolescents. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing personalized care to meet your teen’s unique needs. Schedule your teen’s gynecologic exam by calling (502) 452-6337.