The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that the first visit with a woman's healthcare specialist occur between the ages of 13 and 15. AHCFW offers a safe and caring atmosphere to provide guidance and information on healthy choices which is vital during this time of many physical and emotional changes. Our Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are wonderful GYN practitioners for women of all ages. We often find our youngest patients are most comfortable with our CNMs. This is an optimal time to discuss any concerns relating to irregular periods or any other area of concern. In most cases a pelvic exam is not necessary, and PAP Smears are not recommended until the age of 21. This is also a good time to discuss the HPV vaccine, if not already received at the pediatrician office. Since we are a specialist, we encourage a continued relationship with a pediatrician of family practice practitioner.
You will want to discuss with your healthcare provider the appropriate timing of visits. In most cases, annually for a well visit and then as needed for any concerns or follow up is typical.
Common Issues & Concerns
Anytime there is a GYN related concern, we encourage the benefit of an evaluation by one of our practitioners.
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Painful Periods (Dysmennorrhea)
- Heavy Periods, with or without anemia
- Irregular or Missed Periods (Amenorrhea)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pelvic Pain
- Vaginal Discharge or Odor
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Pediatric Vulvovaginitis
- Ovarian Torsion
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Concerns about Pubertal Development, including early and Delayed Puberty
- Breast Concerns in girls and teens
- Birth Control Counseling and Methods
- Long-acting Contraceptive Methods
To learn more about a specific concern or health condition, visit our medical library.