That first visit with a gynecologist can be intimidating. Most girls start seeing a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. The following tips will help you prepare so that you can reduce stress and feel confident when you take your first steps into the gynecologist’s office.
- Make a List of the Things You Need to Discuss with Your Doctor
If there are any changes, symptoms, or other issues you would like to discuss with your doctor, take note. They are there to help you find answers and understand your body better. It can help to write down anything you know you would like to ask or talk about during your appointment.
- Know What Tests Are Performed During a Routine Wellness Visit
This will help you prepare for what will happen. Find out what will occur based on your health status, age, and reason for visiting the doctor. For example, if you are under 21, you probably won’t need a pelvic exam.
- Realize That It’s OK to be Honest and Open with Your Gynecologist
When you share information with your gynecologist, you can request that they keep it confidential – even from your parents. Their job is to provide the best care possible. Sometimes, that means telling them if you are sexually active or having issues related to reproductive health.
- Remind Yourself That How You Look Doesn’t Matter to Your Gynecologist
Don’t worry about your appearance when you go to the gynecologist. It is best to arrive clean as you would on an average day. Other than that, you don’t have to do anything special or be concerned about your doctor judging you. They are professionals and are only concerned about your health.