As a young woman, your gynecologist will quickly become one of your most trusted healthcare practitioners. The reasons for this are simple. First, you will need to visit your gynecologist yearly throughout much of your life. Secondly, you will share some of your most private matters with them. Building a good relationship with your gynecologist requires openness, honesty, and loyalty. At the Georgia Center for Female Health, we aim to provide women with a comfortable first visit with our gynecologist. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Many young women wonder when they should consider seeing a gynecologist for the first time. For much of a child’s life, health care can be managed by a family practice doctor or general practitioner. However, once a girl becomes sexually active, she should begin to see our gynecologist yearly. If this does not happen before the age of 18, then this age would be the best time to begin annual visits.
While you may wonder what you can expect during your first trip to our gynecologist, there is no need to be anxious or fearful. Our gynecologist will always treat you with respect and privacy, and anything you share with her will be kept private and secure in your medical records.
Your first visit will begin with a discussion about your past medical and surgical history. This will begin with the basics of your health, cover your family history and go on to your sexual history. Our gynecologist will ask you if you are sexually active, how many partners you have, what type of protection you use and if you have plans to become pregnant. At this time, you will also be able to share any concerns you may have about your body and ask questions related to your sexual health.
Next, you will have a physical examination. Our gynecologist may begin with a brief physical examination similar to what your general practitioner does. Our doctor will also do a pelvic examination and a breast exam. Depending on your age and needs, a Pap smear may also be in order to check for any cervical problems. Additionally, she may order laboratory tests to get blood work to test for STDs and to get a baseline of health.
Preparing for your first gynecological appointment is easy. Be sure to schedule it for a time when you will not be on your period. This could change the results of certain tests and make it difficult for your gynecologist to do an accurate pelvic examination. Also, be careful not to use vaginal medications before the appointment. If you have any questions that you want to ask during the appointment, write them down before you head to our office so that you do not forget them.
While you may be anxious heading into your first gynecological appointment, you will quickly be set at ease in our offices. Our welcoming atmosphere and kind staff will treat you with dignity and respect throughout your appointment. If it is time to set up your first appointment, call us today to find out what times we have available at our offices in Peachtree Corners and Decatur.