Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

FAQs pediatric gynecologyWhen should my daughter see a women’s health specialist?

For girls, preteens, and teens who have specific gynecologic concerns, consulting with a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist is often recommended to better understand the condition and offer options for treatment.

Sometimes families decide on their own to be seen by our team and sometimes families are sent to us by another health care provider.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all young women have an initial reproductive heath visit between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. This visit is an opportunity to talk about her reproductive system and how it works, the changes that have and will occur during puberty, and to provide more information and support to the teen and her parents.

What is a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist?

A pediatric and adolescent gynecologist is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who has special training in taking care of the reproductive health system of girls from birth until they are young women.

Please see a list of the specific conditions we treat or learn more about teen and pre-teen gynecologic care.

What should I expect at my daughter’s visit?

Our team is specially trained to put you and your daughter at ease and we will always start the visit by talking to you and your daughter, answering any questions you have.

A pelvic (or internal) exam is not usually necessary during this visit, although other tests might be appropriate. A pap smear (a screening test for cervical cancer) is not necessary until a young woman is 21 years old.

We will always get permission from you and your daughter before we do any kind of exam. Sometimes your doctor may need to look at the outside of the genitals, but again, there is usually no need to do an internal exam (a pelvic exam) in girls, preteens or teens – especially for those who would be uncomfortable with that type of exam.

If needed, we can do an ultrasound to get more information about the systems inside the body.

How do I make my first appointment?

Please request an appointment on the Children’s Hospital website (select “Gynecology” in the specialty dropdown) or call us at .

Do you see patients who live outside the Denver-metro area?

Yes. We see patients from all parts of Colorado as well as Wyoming, Montana, Kansas and other Rocky Mountain and Mid-western states.