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Do You Need Gyno Exams If You Are Not Sexually Active?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Is it important to get regular gynecological exams performed if you are celibate and have never had sex or any kind of foreign genital contact? If so, should they be as frequent as those who are sexually active?
Signed: Do You Need Gyno Exams If You Are Not Sexually Active?

Dear Do You Need Gyno Exams If You Are Not Sexually Active?,

 

The age that medical professionals recommend women to start gynecological exams if they are not sexually active constantly changes. As of right now, it is recommended that women receive their first gynecological exam and PAP at the age of 21. If a woman is sexually active, it is recommended that she start her gynecological exams at whatever age she becomes sexually active. Whether a woman is sexually active or not, if she has started with gynecological visits, she should be presenting for yearly check-ups (unless otherwise directed by her gynecologist).

A woman should always go for a gynecological check-up if she has any questions or concerns about her sexually health. For example, if she is experiencing irregular periods, has any kind of pain or problem with her breasts or genital area, wants to speak to a medical health professional about safer sex methods prior to becoming sexually active (a very good idea), or has any other problem or question, then she should see a doctor right away.

If you are currently sexually active, are 21 years old or older, or if you have any questions or concerns about your medical well-being then FX does recommend that you meet with a doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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