When Should You First Visit the Gynecologist?
Very few things cause as much worry, shame, or nerves as when you first visit the gynecologist. Getting undressed, lying on a bed, and opening your legs for a stranger isn’t something that all women handle well, particularly at an early age. But it’s inevitable.
Once you get to a certain age, and from then onwards, you’ll need to go regularly for your own health. Normally, women only go to a gynecologist when they have a problem. But in reality, you should go once you start menstruating or once you’re sexually active. From then on, you should go once a year.
For youngsters between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, the encounter may be more uncomfortable. Some are scared of the posture they’ll need to adopt; others are scared of the pain. In these cases, the mother should offer them some direction.
After explaining what happens, they should establish whether the doctor will be male or female. The answer to this question, among others, will provide some calm and help establish some trust.
What Happens When You First Visit The Gynecologist?
You shouldn’t skip your gynecologist visits. In adolescence, they’re very important. They’ll help clear up any doubts you have about menstruation cycles or hygiene. They’ll also allow you to monitor the development of your genitals. From adulthood onwards, these visits are essential for your health.
The first visit will be an examination. The doctor will create your clinical history and make the necessary checks, depending on your age and condition. If the woman is younger than 17 years old, is healthy, and isn’t sexually active, they may not even perform a physical evaluation.
They normally perform the following checks:
- Control. They’ll check your weight, size, height, and blood pressure.
- Questions. They’ll ask about the age when you had your first period, whether you use tampons or sanitary towels, and if you’re sexually active.
- They may also ask about the number of partners you’ve had, whether or not you use contraception, and whether you’ve ever had symptoms of any infection. Other important details will relate to any history of illnesses in the family, previous operations, or possible pregnancies.
- Examination. They’ll examine the breasts to rule out the presence of nodules or similar. Depending on each case, there may be an interior and exterior pelvic examination.
- Guidance. The gynecologist will offer whatever necessary guidance if there is a suspected diagnosis.
Which Is The Best Gynecologist For You?
Most women look for gynecologists with plenty of experience. But the most important thing is how empathetic they are in that first appointment. If they’re kind, honest, discreet, respectful, understanding, and able to make you feel at ease, then they’re a great choice.
It’s best to choose a professional with whom you can maintain a long and courteous relationship. References are always important, but whatever they may be, find out about their studies and training.
How should you first visit the gynecologist? Obviously calmly and without any pressure. Their job isn’t to judge you, just to take care of your health. Despite what first-time visitors may think, you don’t need to go overboard with your hygiene beforehand. Washing normally, without special soaps or creams, is perfectly fine.
Whether or not you want to shave is a completely personal choice. If your appointment is while you’re on your period, it’s good to advise this. As well as making your examination more complicated it could be much more difficult for you too.
Why Go to the Gynecologist for the First Time?
Your commitment and responsibility to first visit the gynecologist don’t stop after that first appointment. Although your gynecologist may organize consultations as he or she sees necessary, it’s a general rule that healthy women have an examination once a year.
These examinations could prevent the development of conditions like cervical cancer, currently one of the most serious types. Furthermore, only your gynecologist is qualified to oversee the development of your genitals.
Peace of mind is important, and knowing that there are no tumors, lumps, or any other symptoms will give you just that. Although there might be something worrying, the only way to address it is to have it checked out.
The first gynecologist appointment is inevitable. So, do all you can to inform yourself, support your daughters, and accompany them (if they want) so that they feel more secure and supported.