What to expect at your first gynecology visit

Many young women are unsure or nervous about their first gynecologic visit, but it is a simple, important and necessary step to a healthy lifestyle. Your first visit should occur sometime between the ages of 13 and 15, and may be as simple as talking to your gynecologist so that the two of you can get a better understanding of your needs. Our providers may ask you some personal questions about your health, menstrual cycle and sexual activities, and it is important that you answer honestly. If you are worried about what we may have to disclose to your parents, discuss those worries with us first, and we will explain what will be confidential and what we have to disclose. Depending on your needs and circumstances, you may also need to undergo a number of exams or tests, including a physical exam, breast exam, pelvic exam and pap test. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us, or talk to someone who you trust and are comfortable with about what to expect.