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What will happen the first time I see the gynecologist?

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  1. GirlSmarts on Nov 30, -0001 Reply

    If this is your first visit to the gynecologist, it is very common to be anxious. Try to relax. A visit to the gynecologist is no different from seeing your regular doctor.

    Upon arrival, you are asked to answer some questions about your history. These can include your family’s health history, any instances of substance abuse, and whether you are sexually active. Do not feel embarrassed about your answers to these questions honestly. They are kept confidential and are used to accurately assess your health.

    Your doctor may ask a lot of questions about you and your family. Some of them may seem personal, such as questions about your menstrual period or sexual activities (including vaginal, oral, or anal sex). If you are concerned about confidentiality, you and your doctor should talk about it before you answer any questions.

    The first visit may be just a talk between you and your doctor. You can find out what to expect at future visits and get information about how to stay healthy. You also may have certain exams.

    You usually do not need to have a pelvic exam at the first visit unless you are having problems, such as abnormal bleeding or pain. If you are sexually active, you may have tests for certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Most of the tests that teens need can be done by the doctor with a urine sample. You also may have certain vaccinations. If you need to have to an exam, your doctor will fill you in on you what to expect during the exam. Even though often a teen will not need a pelvic exam, a test that you will have later (at age 21 years) is a Pap test. This test checks for abnormal changes in the cervix that could lead to cancer.

    Do not be afraid of seeing the gynecologist and ask questions if you are uncertain or uncomfortable.

    For more information, refer to https://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq150.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20140406T2320373089.

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