ZocdocAnswersIs 13 too young to see a gynecologist?

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Is 13 too young to see a gynecologist?

My daughters friends are seeing gynecologists. I think she is too young, but maybe she isn't?

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Pediatricians are trained to diagnose and treat common problems of the reproductive tract within their young patient population. If your daughter is experiencing a gynecologic problem or if you have any specific questions about her health or reproductive system, then you should first talk to your child's pediatrician. If your daughter is having a problem for which the pediatrician cannot provide an answer or needs help in managing it, then a referral to a qualified pediatric gynecologist can be made. In general, it is not necessary for a child to see a gynecologist for routine health care unless a specific problem is encountered. As far as routine screening for cervical cancer, Pap smears should typically start at age 21 or within 3 years of first having intercourse, whichever comes earlier.

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