Dr. Preeti Tandon
(Specialist Obstetrics & Gynaecology Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeon. )

MBBS, MD(Obs/Gynae), F.MAS(Laparoscopic Surgeon), FICOG
Diploma in Adv Gynae Endoscopy (France), Certified Robotic Surgery Training (USA).

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Young Woman Health care

Young Woman (Adolescent) Health Care:

How often does a teenager need to be seen by their doctor?

Teenagers, school-aged children or adults, required to visit at least once in a year for the full examination of health. But in case of any medical condition exists or if any symptoms appear or any disease comes into being, then frequent visits may be required.

What might a doctor check during a teen girl health care wellness visit?

Your doctor may perform under mentioned procedures:

  • Measure whole BMI and blood pressure.
  • Recommend tests, like anemia, cholesterol check for the general health check up. This is also acts as a check-up for the diseases.
  • Screen for any sexually transmitted diseases, or determine some health concerns.
  • Conduct a session to teach young girls on how to conduct self-breast examination, and enlighten them on when to obtain a pelvic examination. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists advised a pelvic examination at the age of 21 years after involved in sexual intercourse. The pelvic examination is not just required only when someone turned 18 years of age.
  • Conduct a check-up of your whole immunization system and recommend some necessary booster shots to reduce the risk of chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis, human papillomavirus, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus
  • May ask about your harmful behavior, social or emotional issues.

What are the most common health-related concerns of teens and how can teens best safeguard their health?

Issues like – weight, disease, puberty, and sexual development are some of the concerns of this defined age group. Injuries due to sport are also very common. Health issues which need a healthy discussion with your doctor are :

Certain topics are embarrassing to discuss. How can I approach my doctor about them?

Professional doctors are acquainted with the condition to be in the teenage. Apart from the emotional and physical changes someone is going though, there are myriad pressures and stresses to deal with arising from school, home, sports activities or from friends.

Some of the health concerns are really embarrassed to discuss openly with the doctors such as sex, drugs, weight issues, suicidal thoughts, and severe depression.

Here are a few thoughts that should put you more at ease with your doctor:

  • Always keep in mind that your doctor is trained professional to help you so put everything as lucid you can.
  • Don’t ignore a small health concern, as it can turn into a potential health concern. Find a permanent solution for it with the proper consultation with your doctor. Always keep in mind that your few moments of feeling uncomfortable are outweighed by the health benefit of addressing a potential health problem in the initial course.
  • Always remember that your doctor has encountered the same health concern many times you are suffering from, so don’t fear to discuss any of the concern with him, as he/she know the optimal solution for it.
  • Your doctor is not interested in judging you, but to suggest a solution for it. A professional will always listen your problem, educate you by professional and personal advice as well.
  • Finally, it is entirely relied on you to be honest and lucid about any health concern happens to you. Your doctor can suggest the best solution or treatment for the health concern bothering you. If you cannot put your concerns into clear words, try opening the conversation by listing your problems, symptoms, and questions on a piece of paper and handing it to your doctor.

Can I keep my doctor’s visit private?

This is to ensure from the doctor’s set of policy. Is keeping your discussion and treatment confidential included in the set? You have every right to privacy when it comes to the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and contraception. . If your life (or someone else) is at risk, the doctor have the right to disclose private information to keep your health state; he or she will tell you prior to this sort of disclosure, in almost all cases (with exceptions such as if you were unconscious). Billing may or may not be confidential. So please ask your doctor to know the detail of the confidential policies related to the treatment.