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21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before the Age 21 Years

Although most young women don't need to have a pap test until the age of 21 years old, there are at least 21 reasons why you should see a gynecologist before age 21 years:

  1. Prioritize sexual health and safety.
  2. Protect against STIs and HIV.
  3. Get the HPV vaccine.
  4. Undergo STI and HIV testing if sexually active.
  5. Consider visiting Arizona Women's Specialists.
  6. Focus on health, periods, and sexuality education.
  7. Learn to recognize healthy relationships.
  8. Identify and address threatening relationships.
  9. Discuss LGBT topics openly.
  10. Gain knowledge about safe sex practices.
  11. Access birth control for planned pregnancy.
  12. Prepare for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
  13. Get tested for pregnancy when needed.
  14. Explore pregnancy options.
  15. Maintain a healthy body weight and body image.
  16. Seek treatment for urinary tract infections.
  17. Address vaginal itching, discharge, or odor.
  18. Understand normal and painful periods.
  19. Manage heavy, irregular, or intermenstrual bleeding.
  20. Cope with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  21. Stay informed about sexually transmitted infections and relationships.
Hetal C Shah, MD Meet Dr. Hetal C Shah, a highly experienced male OB/GYN doctor with 30+ years of experience in women's healthcare. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dr. Shah is known for his exceptional bedside manner, personalized approach to care, and commitment to improving the lives of his patients. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating gynecological and obstetric conditions, and regularly participates in professional development opportunities to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field. With three decades of experience as an OB/GYN doctor, Dr. Shah is a trusted provider who has earned the respect of his patients and colleagues alike.

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