The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that girls between the ages of 13 and 15 years have their first visit to the gynecologist. Most often, a girl's first visit is just to become familiar with the physician and does not entail a physical exam. The doctor may ask some general questions about a girl's menstrual cycle and provide information on what to expect from future GYN visits. If the young woman is sexually active, our physicians may test for sexually-transmitted disease and can discuss birth control with parental permission

There are several great online resources for young girls and parents alike: