What to Expect for Your First GYN Appointment


If you are a young woman preparing for your first GYN appointment or are a mother looking to set her daughter’s mind at ease, keep reading!

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG), it is recommended that girls have their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13-15. We understand that teens and young women have unique needs, and we are here to help address them. We are also aware that you may not always feel comfortable talking to adults about your periods, sex life, sexually transmitted infections, or birth control. Developing a trusting relationship with a health care provider early on will help you feel more comfortable having these tough conversations. Additionally, we are aware that your first GYN exam may cause some anxiety due to the fear of the unknown. Considering this, we have provided an overview of what to expect during your first visit to a gynecologist, along with some helpful hints on how to prepare yourself beforehand.

Your first visit starts out just like any other type of doctors appointment. We start by gathering your personal medical history, family history, and sexual history. Now is the time to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have, like your irregular periods, the annoying ingrown hairs on your bikini line, razor burn, that “weird fishy odor” you just noticed, pain during sex, proper tampon insertion, or anything else that is on your mind. Believe me, we’ve heard it all! Nothing is “too embarrassing” to talk about.

If a pelvic exam is appropriate, that will be the last part of the appointment. However, to set your mind at ease most young women do not need pelvic exams at their initial visit. In general, pelvic exams are not recommended until the age of 21 unless you offer a complaint such as pelvic pain, odor, or irregular discharge or you are sexually active and want STD cultures.

Although your first pelvic exam may seem awkward and uncomfortable, there is no need to feel like you have to groom yourself in a certain way. A simple shower with soap and water will do! Remember, we have seen and heard it all so there is nothing to be embarrassed about! The GYN is a no judgment zone. If you are nervous, let us know! We are here to help you and make you as comfortable as possible.

Taylore Passero PA-C

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