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Should teenage girls get pelvic exams regardless of whether they're sexually active?

My daughter is only 10 but I find myself worrying already over things we'll experience with her as a teenager. My parents were never frank and honest with me in matters regarding sexual development. I never had a pelvic exam until I was 18 and took myself to a Planned Parenthood clinic for birth control pills. So my question is, is it necessary for all teenage girls to begin having routine annual pelvic exams simply as a matter of preventative healthcare or are pelvic exams only necessary once you become sexually active or request birth control?

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Asked by at 12:29 PM on Jul. 20, 2008 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • I think you only need them once you become sexually active or request birth control. When I was a teen my doctor asked me everytime when I had physicals for sports if I was sexually active. I said no and that was the end of it. She never suggested that I get any exam anyway. I got my first pap smear when I was 23 because I wanted to go on birth control a couple of months before our wedding.

    Answer by JamieLK at 12:41 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • No, I think at 21 if they aren't sexually active.

    Answer by jilisaunt at 12:43 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • once they bein having their period they absolutely should begin having GYN exams. Hormones change things. They need to get in the habit of breast exams and pelvics. Call your own GYN..ask them. They will tell you when mestruation begins so should annual visits.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 12:53 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • i think once they become sexually active.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • i think you should once she has started her period.birth conrol pill do moer now then stop getting that one that only gives you 4 periods a year.and they help cntrol your mood swings.if i had agirl i would

    Answer by mrs.bryan835 at 1:55 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • Wow, this is exactly what I said to my Hubby last night! I have a 14 yr. old and since she started her period I was thinking about taking her. I think 10 is too young though. I'm calling Monday to find out.

    Answer by Sunshine1723 at 2:00 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • No way! You can give her all the information about sex & woman's health she'll need until she either turns 18 or becomes sexually active.

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 4:34 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • You should ask the doctor.

    Answer by Madge1428 at 5:30 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • I'd say if not sexually active, DEFINITELY by 18. The thing is, no matter how close you are, she may not tell u the truth about when she starts having sex, it's a touchy subject.

    Answer by MrsP777 at 5:33 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • yes you should get her an exam becuse there are other thing giirls can get if they arn,t ckeked,when she is tweve you should shadule an aporntment evey mounth or two. plus there is a new vacine you mite they in the futer. senserly mo-may

    Answer by mo-may at 7:01 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

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