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All teens who have a vagina should see a gynecologist for regular wellness check-ups. It’s important for teens to find a doctor they feel comfortable with, as it may be necessary to ask some sensitive, personal questions. Remember that doctors have heard it all before—there are no silly or insignificant questions. In fact, gynecologists want their patients to ask lots of questions because better-informed patients are healthier patients.

A Gynecologist talking and trying to calm a patient

Do transgender boys need to see a gynecologist?

Everyone who has a vagina needs gynecology care, including transgender boys who have not had gender-affirming surgery. Medical care is often a difficult subject among trans individuals, and it’s not uncommon to hear of someone who hasn’t seen a doctor in years because of the stigma. Transgender boys who find a gynecologist they’re comfortable with may be more likely to continue scheduling preventive wellness services in the years to come.

Why do I keep getting yeast infections?

Yeast infections are uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful. It’s advisable to see a gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis, just in case your yeast infection is actually another medical problem. You’ll also receive effective treatment from your doctor. If you struggle with recurrent yeast infections, your doctor may recommend some lifestyle changes, such as avoiding douching, wiping from front to back, and wearing looser-fitting clothes made from natural fibers.

Is it normal for tampons to hurt?

Putting in a tampon shouldn’t hurt, but it often does if you haven’t had much practice with it yet. Insertion is more difficult if you’re tense, as the muscles will contract. Some girls try to insert the tampon straight up, but there’s a curve to the vaginal canal. Instead, angle it toward the small of your back. Always use an appropriate kind of tampon that corresponds to your flow, and consider giving sponge tampons a try. Remember that tampons dry out the vaginal walls—alternate with pads frequently.

You’ll find warm, welcoming staff and a comfortable atmosphere at Washington Surgi-Clinic , where the well-being and privacy of our patients are our top priorities. We offer wellness exams, STD testing, birth control, and pregnancy termination services in Washington, D.C. Get in touch at (202) 659-9403.