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Teenage Girls Should Make First Ob-Gyn Visit at 13 to 15

ACOG panel recommendation comes amid concern about high U.S. teen pregnancy rate

MONDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Teenage girls should pay their first visit to the gynecologist between ages 13 and 15, according to a committee opinion released during the annual clinical meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in Washington, D.C., and published in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Teens can use this first meeting to forge a positive relationship with their ob-gyn, according to a statement from the ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health Care. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any industrialized nation.

The first visit can be an opportunity to focus on preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and include information about menstruation, sexuality, healthy eating habits, date rape, weight and more.

Young teens confront new sexual and reproductive health questions each day, said Marc Laufer, M.D., chairman of the ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health Care, in a statement. "Interaction with an ob-gyn they trust allows teens to get answers to questions that they may be too embarrassed to raise with parents and friends."

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