Care for Teens
Just for Teens
It is important to start thinking about your female health now in order to prevent problems in the future. I can explain how preventive healthcare and annual visits, while you are developing, can help ensure better health both now and in the future.
I understand that your teenage years can be a very confusing time. Your body is changing, and you probably have many questions. You may not be comfortable talking to your parents. Maybe you sense that your parents are a bit uncomfortable with the subject, too. Your friends might act like they know everything, but you suspect some of this is just big talk not really based in fact.
I want you to know that I understand your concerns. I have been a physician for more than 30 years, and I also have a young adult daughter. You do not have to be embarrassed to ask me about anything that concerns you. I will answer all of your questions honestly and give you all of the facts you need.
Our conversations will be confidential. Though I will not tell your parents what we talk about, I will encourage you to become comfortable talking to your parents.
You might be worried that your visit to my practice will involve an uncomfortable exam. This is usually not the case. Most of your visit will involve sitting together in my office and talking about teen health and anything that concerns you. Feel free to ask me about anything you like.
I look forward to meeting you.
For Parents of Teens
Teen Gynecology with Sensitive Guidance and Education
The current standard of care in adolescent gynecology is an annual visit with a gynecologist starting between the ages of 13 and 15. At Women & Teens Gynecology, these visits are usually consultative in nature, with exams performed only as indicated.
Dr. Sillay provides these visits in a relaxed, comfortable, private setting, giving teen patients her undivided attention and fact-based counseling to address their concerns and help them make better choices.
Importance of Teen Gynecology
Busy OB-GYN and pediatric practices do not optimally serve the needs of teen-aged girls. At this time in their lives, adolescent girls have many questions and concerns about the changes they are experiencing. They may be distracted with unhelpful concerns. Their self-confidence and judgment are not well-developed, and they are often tempted to engage in neglectful and risky behavior. Even well-informed parents comfortable with frank talk may find their daughter dismisses the value of their counsel and fails to assimilate the important messages.
The long-term health implications are significant and are not limited to pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections but also include nutritional and lifestyle choices that can increase the risks of osteoporosis, cancer and other later-life diseases. A confidential relationship with a professional physician can provide factual information about all of these aspects of teen gynecology that girls need to make better choices in their lives.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology now recommends that girls have their first visit with a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Visits with the physician should then be repeated annually, whether or not the teen is sexually active. In fact, it is best to begin visits before sexual activity begins.
In addition, the Center for Disease Control recommends that girls between the ages of 11 and 26 receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which helps to prevent most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, as well as various other cancers. These guidelines present an opportunity to increase awareness among teens about female and preventive health.
Forming a Trusting Relationship
Establishing a comfortable and trusting relationship with a gynecologist early on in a girl’s life promotes better understanding and awareness of her development. Other benefits include opportunities for preventive care, screening and early intervention. Dr. Sillay’s goal for teen patients is to establish better gynecological health for the present as well as the future.
The launch into the college years is an exciting time for young women. They are busy establishing new lives away from home and experiencing the thrill of independence. With this independence, however, comes responsibility for their health and safety, responsibilities that until this point have been assumed by mom and dad.
Dr. Sillay helps prepare college-bound girls for a healthy and safe college experience during the pre-college visit. Education is provided on important topics such as campus health services, emergency care, insurance plans, preventive care, reproductive health, emotional health, substance use and abuse, relationship violence, campus safety, and travel health. In addition, medical and immunization history are reviewed, examination and screening tests are performed as indicated, and other current and future needs addressed.
Knowledge is power. With education and guidance by someone experienced in their needs, young women are better equipped and prepared for a safer and healthier college experience away from home and from the caring supervision and support of their parents.