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18-21 Year Checkup

What to expect at your visit:

  • Your provider will perform a complete physical exam, including measuring blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI).
  • Your young adult child’s hearing and vision will be tested.
  • Depending upon a number of factors, your provider may decide to perform some screening tests for such conditions as anemia, tuberculosis, high cholesterol or diabetes.
  • For Girls: By this age range, questions about your daughter’s sexual maturation will be explored using a Sexually Maturation Rate (SMR) scale and, if sexually active, your provider may check for signs of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also performing pelvic exam, if warranted. Pregnancy testing may be performed if indicated.
  • For Boys: Just like for girls, at this age range, your provider will assess your son’s sexual maturation rate (SMR) and may look for signs of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) if your son is sexually active. Your provider will also examine the testicles for potential masses, hernias, and varicocele. Your provider may also examine your son for signs of gynecomastia, a benign enlargement of breast tissue in males.
  • Your provider will discuss the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol and may use a screening test to assess your young adult child for signs of substance use.
  • In addition to the physical exam and screening tests outlined above, your provider will ask questions to assess overall physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development. They may discuss matters of self-confidence, hopefulness, well being, and resiliency when dealing with stress.

Growth & Development

Your child has now entered young adulthood and should be encouraged to manage his or her own health. Your PHA provider may want to see you and your young adult child together to observe how you interact but your maturing child will have mostly one-on-one visits with your provider from now on. They’ll discuss physical growth and development, body image and emotional well being, as well as social and academic concerns, sexual health and risk reduction for tobacco, alcohol, drugs, pregnancy and STIs. Encourage your young adult child to speak freely with their PHA provider.