A girl’s first visit to the gynecologist usually takes place around 13 to 15 years of age. This visit allows a young woman and her gynecologist to get to know one another, offers an opportunity for the patient to ask questions and allows the doctor to evaluate whether growth and development in on target.
What to expect at the first visit to the gynecologist
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little hesitant or nervous about your first gynecological visit, but there is nothing to worry about. The visit may even be spent just talking.
Your gynecologist may ask you questions about your menstrual period, whether or not you are sexually active and your personal and family health history. This conversation is confidential between you and your doctor, so it is important to answer openly and honestly. Don’t be embarrassed; since it is likely your doctor has head the same questions many times before.
Sometimes certain physical exams may be performed during the first visit to the gynecologist. A general physical exam is basic check-up that includes height, weight, blood pressure and overall physical assessment.
An external genital exam may also be done. During this exam, your gynecologist will check your breasts and examine your vulva for lumps, swelling, discharge, tears or sores. Your doctor may also use this time to talk about the female body parts, their function and their proper names. Care is taken to provide as much privacy as possible. If your gynecologist is a man, a female nurse or employee will likely also be present.
It is not likely your gynecologist will perform a pelvic examination or Pap test during your first visit. Although it is possible your gynecologist will recommend one or both if you have been sexually active for a period of time or are experiencing pain or problems with your menstrual period.
Vaccinations and other topics
The first visit to the gynecologist is a good opportunity for your doctor to talk about vaccinations that are important to your health, sex, sexually transmitted diseases, menstrual cramps or other problems with menstruation, and topics that may affect your gynecological or physical health.