When should a woman first visit a gynecologist?
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that a young woman make her first visit to a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Most girls will NOT need a pelvic exam during this visit. Your provider will do a regular health exam and discuss expected development. This provides a great “first impression” of the gynecologist for teens so that she can feel comfortable voicing any concerns that may arise.
How often should I visit the gynecologist?
Most women should see their gynecologist at least yearly. This allows for a full update of a patient’s medical history and the ability to perform surveillance for cancers specific to women, such as breast, uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancer via the Pap smear.
When does a woman start needing a Pap smear?
For all women, the recommended age to start Pap smears is 21.
I am scheduled for my pap smear and just got my period. Should I reschedule?
We can usually still perform a pap smear unless the flow is very heavy.
HPV information from ACOG