Although the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a first gynecological visit between 13 and 15 years of age, a teen usually does not need to have an internal pelvic exam at the first visit unless she is having problems or unless there is a need to screen for certain sexually transmitted diseases.

For more information, please visit  http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp150.cfm.

Julie Kardos, MD and Naline Lai, MD