When to Schedule Your First Gynecology Appointment
- Posted on: Dec 8 2022
You may be a woman scheduling your first gynecology appointment or you may be a mother scheduling your daughter’s first gynecology appointment. Whatever your situation, you probably have a lot of questions and may feel nervous. Know that it is completely normal to feel this way. Many women struggle with knowing when to schedule their own or their daughter’s first gynecology appointment. Read on to learn more about when to schedule a gynecology appointment.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that females schedule their first gynecology appointment between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. In some cases, an appointment may be recommended sooner if there are concerns. If you are over the age of 15 years old and have never had a gynecology appointment, don’t hesitate to make an appointment now. It is normal to feel nervous before your first gynecology appointment. Remember that these are medical professionals that are trained to handle intimate gynecological issues.
When scheduling your first gynecology appointment there are a few factors to consider. Do you have health insurance? If so, check with your insurance company to see which gynecological providers are available to you in your area. If you don’t have health insurance, don’t worry. Look for a local women’s clinic that offers gynecology services at an affordable price. Next, consider what type of gynecological provider you will be comfortable with. Would you prefer a female or male provider? Would you prefer a healthcare provider who is younger or older? It is important that you feel comfortable with your gynecological healthcare provider because you will be discussing intimate health questions and concerns with them.
If you are scheduling your daughter’s first gynecology appointment, talk to them about what to expect. Let them know that it is normal to feel embarrassed or nervous. Explain that it is a normal part of womanhood to see a gynecological healthcare provider at least yearly. It is important to have open and honest communication with the healthcare provider about personal issues such as sex, vaginal issues, periods, breasts, and sexuality. Talking to your daughter about what to expect will make them more comfortable.
If you are still hesitant or unsure about scheduling a gynecologic appointment, read more on what to expect at an appointment. Call the gynecology office and let them know that it is your first time having a gynecology appointment. If you would like someone to go with you, ask a friend or loved one and check that it is okay with the office. If you are ever feeling uncomfortable during an appointment let the staff know. Remember that gynecological care is important to a woman’s health and these healthcare professionals are there to help you.
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- Your first gynecologic visit. ACOG. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2022