Every health care provider should be familiar with the anatomy of a normal female. It is difficult to identify an abnormality unless you know what normal is. The genital examination can be anxiety-provoking for the older child and adolescent (especially if you are of the opposite sex), for parents, and for you; however, if not performed, a significant finding may be missed. Depending on the child's developmental stage, explain what parts of the body you will check, and that this is part of the routine examination.
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