When Should You See a Gynecologist for the First Time?
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), your first visit to your GYN should be between the ages of 13 and 15 or whenever you become sexually active. Annual visits begin at age 21. We highly recommend that women establish a relationship with a gynecologist early in their reproductive years so they can receive appropriate care and guidance as they navigate their sexual and reproductive health.
During Your First Gynecologist Visit
It’s completely normal to feel anxious about your first visit. Preparing for the visit by writing down any symptoms or any questions you have can help maximize the experience and reduce your apprehension.
Here is an overview of what you can expect on your first GYN visit:
- Medical history: The visit always begins with a conversation. It’s an opportune time to share your family history as well as your personal and sexual background. By sharing information, you are setting the stage for a long-term relationship.
- Physical exam: It all depends on your age and the reason for your visit. A breast and pelvic exam are generally part of your annual visit as you get older.
- Discussion of test results: After the examination, your gynecologist will share their findings and make recommendations. If you had a lab test or pap smear, your results will be shared via the secure patient portal.
- Education and counseling: A visit with your gynecologist is an opportunity to ask questions and seek information regarding birth control, sexual health, menstrual issues or risk factors, and any general medical concerns. Open communication is key and will allow your provider to guide you effectively through your reproductive health journey.
Here are some of the more common gynecological (gynecologic) services we provide:
- Address menstruation and sexual health
- Breast exams and cancer screenings
- Contraceptive counseling (birth control) and family planning
- Diagnosis and treatment for symptoms related to menopause
- Diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cysts
- Medical and surgical treatment for incontinence (bladder and bowel control issues)
- Preconception and infertility counseling
- Routine gynecologic care, including annual checkups, pap smears, and pelvic exams
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Treatment for reproductive disorders such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, pain during sex, uterine fibroids and irregular vaginal bleeding
- Urinary tract (UTI), and vaginal infection treatment
Our board-certified gynecologists are trained to perform surgical procedures that involve the organs of the female pelvic region, including the cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, vagina and vulva.
Here are some of the more common surgical procedures we perform:
- D&C (Dilation and curettage)
- Endometrial ablation
- Loop electrosurgical excision procedures (LEEP)
- Pelvic laparoscopy
- Tubal ligation
Taking care of your reproductive and sexual health is our ongoing commitment. Schedule an appointment today online or call 305.665.1133.