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Young Woman (Adolescent) Health Care:
How often does a teenager need to be seen by their doctor?
Teens and younger school-aged children, like adults, should visit their doctor once a year for a full history and physical exam. If a chronic medical condition exists or if signs or symptoms of an illness or disease are present, more frequent office visits may be necessary.
What might a doctor check during a teen girl health care wellness visit?
Your doctor may perform any of the following:
What are the most common health-related concerns of teens and how can teens best safeguard their health?
Issues involving weight, body image, prevention and disease, puberty and sexual development are typical concerns of this age group. Sports injuries are also common. Actions to take to keep you healthy and to discuss in greater detail with your doctor include:
Certain topics are embarrassing to discuss. How can I approach my doctor about them?
Most doctors realize how tough it is to be a teenager these days. Beyond the emotional and physical changes you are going though, there are numerous pressures and stresses to deal with arising from school, home, extracurricular activities, jobs, and friends. Some of the health problems teens are embarrassed to discuss with their doctors concern sex, drugs, eating problems, weight concerns, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Here are a few thoughts that should put you more at ease with your doctor:
Can I keep my doctor’s visit private?
Ask your doctor what his or her policy is regarding keeping your discussion and treatment confidential. You have the right to privacy with respect to concerns about sexually transmitted diseases and contraception. If your life (or someone else) is at risk, the doctor may be required to disclose private information to keep you safe; he or she will tell you prior to this disclosure, in almost all cases (with exceptions such as if you were unconscious). Billing may or may not be confidential; please ask your doctor about this if you have any concerns.