Young Patients and STD’s

Your first visit to the OBGYN can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you have certain concerns about STD’s. We were all teenager’s once, and your AOA physicians are sensitive that the fact that these discussions might not be the most comfortable. However, being able to talk about STD’s with your AOA provider is extremely important. Whether you are or are not sexually active, it is best to know the signs of certain STD’s and how to avoid them.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STD’s, spread from person to person through intimate contact, can affect anyone, and need to be dealt with immediately. Many teenagers cringe just at the word ‘STD,’ but while it might not be fun to talk about and more fun to gawk about, the reality is that STD’s are a serious health threat. Throughout the years in conversations with our younger patients, we’ve put together a list of some important aspects to remember about STD’s.

STD’s include just some of the following:

  • Chlamydia – One of the most common STD’s, Chlamydia is hard to detect without testing. Chlamydia can cause an infection of the urethra in both guys and girls, and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in girls.
  • Genital Herpes – There are many versions of genital herpes, some as harmless as HSV-1 that creates cold sores around the mouth, others more dangerous such as HSV-2 which creates sores in uncomfortable areas.
  • Genital Warts – Caused by the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, Genital Warts can be extremely uncomfortable.
  • Gonorrhea – Symptoms of Gonorrhea include burning during urination in both men and women, and discharge. This STD can be dangerous if left untreated, so talk to your AOA provider for more information.

Sexual Activity

Even if you’re not sexually active, you can still obtain a sexually transmitted disease. This seems to be a major sticking point for many young patients. Skin-to-skin contact with someone who has herpes or genital warts can transfer the disease. And while sexual activity might never take place, though it is rare, some STD’s can be transferred.

Signs of an STD

Many of our younger patients believe that the signs of an STD are obvious. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. You cannot always tell whether someone has an STD. Many times the person with the STD doesn’t even realize they are infected.

The only way to be sure that you, or anyone else, does not have an STD is to get tested.

Birth Control

Birth control cannot protect you from STD’s.

Stay Safe

When you come in to talk to your AOA provider about sexually transmitted diseases, do not be ashamed or embarrassed. It’s important that you are comfortable talking about these issues with your provider, so that if a situation does arise you can handle it together.

Your First OBGYN Visit

Part of growing up is learning to take care of yourself, your health, and thinking about making healthy decisions. One of the aspects of growing up is that first visit to see us at Arizona OBGYN Affiliates. From choosing an OBGYN that you’re comfortable with, to seeing that physician yearly to learning healthy habits, your AOA provider can help you through it all.

How to Choose an OBGYN

Many times a young girl will simply go where her mother goes, which is many times the same place that her grandmother goes as well. Here at AOA, we have many generations of women who have been with us for years. It’s extremely important to find a provider whom you are comfortable with, because this will be the person that you speak to about some very personal issues. You’ll need to feel like you can talk openly to your provider without fear of being judged.

Your first visit to an OBGYN can be a bit scary simply because you might not know what to expect, but our providers are here to walk you through the process with patience, understanding and knowledge.

What to Expect at Your First Visit

One of the major fears associated with your first OBGYN visit is not knowing what to expect. On your first visit, there will be a lot of talking. We want to begin building a relationship with you on that first visit, so that each time you come it will be less and less uncomfortable. We’ll talk about you and your family, your activities, and your personal life. Our providers want to get a good understanding of how you care for yourself, what healthy or unhealthy choices you are making, and how your family stays healthy.

During your first visit you might also have certain exams. This greatly depends upon your age and if you have been sexually active. It also depends on your comfort level. These exams might include simply taking your height, weight and blood pressure, as any physician would do. There might also be a breast exam, pelvic exam, and/or Pap test. These are nothing to fear or worry about, as they are common tests that every woman receives.

Confidentiality

Another great fear that many first-time visitors to our offices have is whether their OBGYN will tell their parents. We have a confidentiality agreement with every patient, however those patients that are under 18 do not necessarily fall under certain confidentiality rules. If there is an issues that we feel is extremely important and should be shared with parents, we will do so in the most compassionate and respectful way possible to ensure that both the young patient and the parents are comfortable.

Building a Relationship

Trust your OBYGN. Talk to us about any concerns you have, any questions you might have, or something you might not understand. We are here for you and would like to be here for you throughout your life, from your first visit to your first baby. Don’t hesitate to give us a call to make your first appointment today.