Do you find yourself getting uneasy when the topic about vagina arises? Well, it’s not exactly your fault. The semi-feudal nature of the Philippine society dictates that Filipino women should be raised as a Maria Clara. To add more fuel to the fire, the discussions on women’s health in our country continue to be jabbed by conservative views and misconceptions.
One of the topics that are continuously shoved under the table is the reproductive health of adolescents. Puberty can be an awkward and confusing phase for both you and your parents. For many parents of teen girls, the question of when teens need to start seeing a gynaecologist sparks uncertainty. Due to the fact that most Filipinas only go to the OB-GYN when they are expecting, preventive measures on sexually transmitted diseases and vaginal infections seldom prevail.
Let’s dive deep into the issue on teen reproductive health with this list on why you should see a gynaecologist as soon as possible.
Overall physical health
Because the average age of starting menstruation is 12 years and 9 months, it is encouraged that teens start visiting their gynaecologist as early as then. Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Rebecca Singson, M.D., also added that if you are not sexually active, 18 is the recommended age.
In layman’s terms, if something is going on with your body and you don’t know much about it, a check-up with an OB-GYN could make a huge difference.
If your periods have stopped, became irregular, lasted for a few weeks, or have undergone a change in blood flow, you should immediately tell an OB-GYN immediately and in great detail. The more specific you can be the better.
More teens today are waiting to have sex. When they do have it, though, most say they’ve used some type of birth control—like condoms or pills—the last time they had intercourse.
But the not-so-good news is that teens don’t use these popular ways to prevent pregnancy all the time—or correctly. But no worries, a tiny chat with an OB-GYN just might give you a heads up (pun intended).
The physical changes that teens have to go through should be accompanied by changes in our society’s perception on reproductive health. Now that you are armed with a few motivations, visit an OB-GYN today and take responsibility for your body.
If you are currently looking for a doctor, there are tons of OB-GYNs whose contact details are available online.