A Complete Guide to Your First Gynecology Visit

First Gynecology Visit

It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit nervous or embarrassed about your first visit to the Gynecologist. But there’s no need to feel anxious. This guide will walk you through what happens during a gynecology visit and when you should start seeing one.

If you’re a parent, you might want to bookmark this blog and share it with your daughter to help her prepare for her first appointment.

When Should You First Visit a Gynecologist?

We recommend scheduling your first gynecology visit between the ages of 13 and 15. This initial visit is often just a conversation to establish a relationship and discuss general health, rather than a full physical exam.

If you’re feeling worried about your visit, let us know. We’ll do our best to put you at ease and explain everything to help keep you healthy.

What Happens During Your First Gynecology Visit?

Often, the first visit is mostly about talking. We want to get to know you and discuss your health. This usually doesn’t involve a pelvic exam unless you have specific health concerns, like very painful or heavy periods.

You can expect us to ask a lot of questions. These might feel personal, but they help us understand your health better. We might ask about:

  • Your menstrual cycle: When was your last period? How old were you when you had your first period?
  • Any irregular periods or severe cramps
  • Any itching or discomfort
  • Your sexual activity: Are you having sex? Are you using condoms or another form of birth control?

Don’t worry about having your parent in the room. We typically ask parents to step out for part of the time so we can discuss these personal questions privately. We’ll keep your information confidential, but we also encourage you to talk openly with your parent about your health.

What Type of Exams Will I Need to Have?

We’ll start with a general physical exam. This includes checking your blood pressure, heart rate, and weight. We might take some blood for tests to check for conditions like prediabetes.

If you are sexually active, we might test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s important to talk about your sexual health with us—we handle these discussions every day, we do not judge. The only thing we’re concerned about is your health and wellbeing.

We might also perform an external genital exam, which means we’ll look at the area around your vagina (your vulva). We might also do a bimanual exam. During this exam, we’ll place two lubricated fingers into your vagina while pressing on your abdomen with the other hand to feel your uterus and ovaries. This helps us check for growths or cysts. It might feel uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. If you’re worried, let us know.

Will I Have a Pap Smear?

Typically, we don’t perform Pap smears until you’re 21 or older. But if you have problems like heavy periods, pain, or itching, we may need to investigate further.

What Happens During a Pap Smear?

During a Pap smear, we gently insert a speculum into your vagina to hold the vaginal walls apart and get a good look at your cervix. We then use a small brush and tiny spatula to collect cells from your cervix, which we examine under a microscope.

Does a Pap Smear Hurt?

A Pap smear might feel a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. If you feel any pain or significant discomfort, let us know.

How Do I Prepare for My First Gynecology Appointment?

Preparing for your first gynecology appointment is straightforward. Schedule your exam in the middle of your menstrual cycle, avoiding your period and think about any questions you’d like to ask us.

For two days before your exam, you should avoid:

  • Douching
  • Using powders or creams
  • Using tampons or putting anything into your vagina

Whether or not you shave your pubic hair is totally up to you; it won’t affect your exam.

Grace Obstetrics & Gynecology: Always Here for You

We want to see you not just for your first exam, but every year. Regular visits help us take care of you and address any health concerns early. We’re here to support you and answer any questions you have. We also encourage you to have honest conversations with your parents about your health.

Your first gynecology visit is a step toward taking control of your reproductive health. Together, we’ll make this experience a positive one.


More Reading:

ACOG: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/your-first-gynecologic-visit

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