When is a good time to take your daughter to the OB/GYN after she starts menstrating? Length of time

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R. S. - posted on 07/22/2009

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I just asked my GYN this last week! She said:

1- When there is a problem; or

2- When she is becoming sexually active; or

3- Before she goes off to college.

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Kara - posted on 03/25/2013

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Thank you Michelle!! Sometimes I am so invested that I feel like a crazy person. I just honestly am concerned for her health and safety.

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2013

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not at all -- you might want to have her checked to make sure that she doesn't have any STDs as well, just to be on the safe side.

Kara - posted on 03/25/2013

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Okay this is going to be strange but my step daughter is 10 years old almost 11 we have custody and her biological mother has visitation. She has yet to start her menstrual cycle but she has been coming home talking continuously about boys that come to her moms house and how she is kissing these boys and so forth. Today she came back and her belly is noticeably larger. I am very concerned I am very invested into all my children but that being said the court says we have no control over what happens at her biological mothers house. Would I be crazy to take her to see an gyn??

Shannon - posted on 01/11/2013

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why not just take her once they have started? get that rapport going with the Doctor right away - so she can feel comfortable speaking with them? I have a female Doc for my girl and a Male Doc for my boy - personally, i didn't think a Male Doc should be the one trying to deal with my girl in this "way"... as i think she will be much more comfortable with a woman.

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2013

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Most moms will not know when there teens and even tweens become sexually active until way after the fact. I was twelve when I found myself alone with my first encounter with a boy and because my self esteem wasn't where it should be I went along with his desires. Luckily I did not become an early teenage mom, but with that being said I am a firm believer that no matter how old your baby girl is if she has begun her cycle it is time to discuss birth control no matter the level of innocence of your child. I was the biggest nerd, goodie-goodie, sweet innocent thing with straight A's momma's girl who would have never dared to do such a thing. Most mom's and dad's put their heads in the sand and say they are to young but it has been my personal experience that as soon as the good lord makes women out of our little girl's bodies it is time to educate and take action.

Carol - posted on 12/31/2012

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Did your GYN diagnose any particular problem? My daughter had those symptoms and had PCOS. It was caught by a great GYN who treated her with Metformin. That eased the symptoms and helped with the weight gain that comes with it. I believe it helps control ovarian cysts as well, which are part of PCOS.

Carol - posted on 12/31/2012

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My opinion is that they should see the GYN if they have any vaginal symptoms or other female symptoms at the time they are developing or if they are already developed, that would warrant a female exam for you.

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Just last month I had to take my 12 yo old to the OB/GYN and they started her on Yaz tohelp control the heavybleeding and large clots that she had. She is doing much better now. Both of my girls have already finished their Gardasil shots and seem to be doing fine.

Ortiz - posted on 05/24/2009

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My daughter is 13 and 3 months after she started menstrating - on came heavy flow clots and constant bleeding, headaches -little pain- caring us I called her Doctor he told me it was due to her body adjusting - ok the next month she bled for 9 days straight I felt it was time for another opinion. I searched the web and found a ob/gyn pediatrics specialist -she ran some tests and suggested we put on her birtch control to regulate the blood flow. I was nervous about that but gave it a try - it's been 4 months and very effective. She is better now and off the "pill" Iron is also a big factor -anemia plays a big factor make sure her iron level is good. As for my husband he was nervous and upset about the birth control all he saw was free ticket for sex aye aye aye, he was concerned enough to try thank goodness. FYI she is also old enough for Gardasil look into that as well. 4 shots one every 3-4 months it hurts but I felt better knowing she was protected from infections and disease. Hope you have great insurace this was expensive.

Michelle - posted on 05/22/2009

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I know she isn't sexually active yet, she is only 12. The problem stems from the fact that my own mother was sexually repressed and I didn't go to see an OB/GYN until I was in my early 20s. My current boyfriend's mother took me when she found out that I had never been to one.



She is starting to have the same problems with her period that I have, heavy bleeding & passing large clots. Thanks for the response, I will discuss it with her father and see if I can get her in to the doctor some time next week or so.

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