ACOG Recommends Dedicated OB Visits for Teens

As teenage girls enter adolescence, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide the full range of both general and reproductive care they need in one office visit. Adolescent girls should receive both dedicated reproductive health and general preventative well-child visits each year and insurers should cover both visits, according to an updated Committee Opinion issued June 22 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

ACOG disagrees with recently changed recommendations stating that adolescents and young women don’t need their first Pap test until age 21. The previous recommendation was that cervical screening begin three years after first sexual intercourse or by age 21, whichever occurs first. ACOG maintains its recommendation that adolescent girls receive their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13-15.

Source: Committee Opinion #460, “The Initial Reproductive Visit,” published in the July 2010 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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