Your First Visit to the Gynecologist
It is normal to be nervous about your first visit to the gynecologist. We will do whatever we can to make you feel comfortable during your visit. It is an exciting opportunity for you to become actively involved in your own healthcare
BEFORE YOUR VISIT
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your first visit. It is a good idea to print out a copy of the new patient paperwork from our website and fill it out ahead of time. Some of the questions include what age you began having periods, when was the first day of your last period, and the frequency and length of your periods. It is also a good idea to make a list of any questions you might have so you don’t forget them. Your appointment will allow you time to ask questions about your changing body and other private concerns. No question is too strange. We are always here to listen and answer your questions.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
Be sure to tell the nurse when you arrive if this is your first visit to the gynecologist. Your visit will include:
- A conversation with your provider: Before you undress for the exam you will have time to sit and talk with your provider. Your provider will ask you questions about your health, history, and lifestyle, and will review your new patient paperwork.
- A physical exam: If you are not sexually active and have no problems, your provider will press lightly on different parts of your breasts to check for lumps and will examine your outside genital area. If your mom is with you at the appointment the two of you may decide whether you want her to be present for the physical exam. If your provider is a man he will ask the nurse to be present for the exam.
- Possibly a more involved physical exam: If you are having pain with your period, unusual discharge, or abnormal bleeding, or if you are sexually active, your provider may need to do a complete pelvic exam. This may involve placing a speculum inside your vagina and using swabs to collect samples. Also your provider may place a finger inside of your vagina while pushing on your abdomen to examine your uterus and ovaries, this is called a bimanual exam.
AFTER YOUR EXAM
When your exam is complete you will have a chance to talk with your provider again. You will discuss what was found during the exam, plans for follow-up, and any more questions you may have.