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Health Information For Teens
My mom is taking me to the gynecologist soon. Does she have to be in the room with me during the exam? – Frida*
It’s up to you if your mom stays in the room with you for your gyn exam.
Lots of girls feel more comfortable with mom there. Others prefer the privacy of being alone with the doctor and/or
. Before starting the exam, your doctor or nurse practitioner might ask if you’d like your mom there or not. Some will automatically ask moms to leave, so you may need to speak up if you’d like yours to stay!
If your mom is not in the room, your doctor or health care provider will have a nurse or medical assistant in the room during the exam. Your discussions will be kept private, so feel free to ask any questions you have. This is a good time to begin learning about your body and taking charge of your own medical care.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Your best resource for health information and advice is your doctor – the person who knows you, your medical history, and accurate medical information to answer your questions.
Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit — and why most girls don’t get internal exams.
Adolescent medicine doctors are specialists who have extra training in the medical and emotional issues that many teens face.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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