Teenagers have unique health needs. It’s generally considered a good idea to start seeing a gynecologist when a person starts having periods and/or having sex. At an adolescent appointment physical development, menstrual history, sexually transmitted infection education and testing, and pregnancy prevention may be addressed. Adolescents may experience abnormal uterine bleeding, late or early onset of menstrual periods, irregular, or painful periods, difficulty using tampons, or other issues that can be addressed with a gynecologist. Young people are also commonly counseled on behavior-based risks, too, like, sports safety, access to weapons, safe driving, and helmet use.