As you grow and transition into a young woman, you’ll need to start planning a visit to your gynecologist. Gynecologist visits are important for all young women and should begin around the ages of 13-15. Your gynecologist is trained and educated in the reproductive health of women specifically. 

Feeling nervous about the first gynecologist appointment is normal, but you’ll soon learn that the doctors and staff there are amazing people who all understand the importance of your health and are dedicated to helping you feel safe and comfortable while there. If you’re preparing to see the gynecologist for the first time, then continue reading below.

Here’s what you can expect during your first gyno exam. 

Vitals and Patient Information

What happens during a gynecologist appointment?

Upon arrival, you’ll need to fill out a few new patient forms. Try to arrive 15-20 minutes early so you have time to fill out these forms before your appointment slot. If possible, then have the office send you the forms in the mail or via email for you to fill out in advance. 

You’ll then get called back by the nurse who’ll take your weight and vitals. They’ll also collect some basic patient information from you, such as your medical history. If you’re visiting the gynecologist for a specific reason, then you can let the nurse know then. 

They’ll pass this information on to the doctor. 

Time to Chat With the Gyno

After the nurse brings you to your exam room, they’ll ask you to remove clothing from the waist down. Don’t worry, they give you a large sheet to cover yourself with. The gynecologist will soon enter the room, but don’t feel obligated to lay down just yet. 

You’ll have plenty of time to chat with your gyno now. This is the time to ask any questions you have and voice all of your concerns. Your gynecologist has seen many patients before you, so never feel embarrassed to ask a question, that’s what they’re there for. 

If you’re nervous about something, then voice it. Express these feelings to your gynecologist so they can then help you feel more at ease. 

Pap Smears

Pap smears are an essential part of regular gynecologist visits. Your gynecologist might suggest you receive a pap smear every three years, once a year, or more often depending on your specific situation. Although the idea of having a pap smear done might make you feel nervous, you’ll soon learn it’s not as bad as you may think.

Your pap smear shouldn’t be painful. Instead, you’ll feel a lot of pressure. If you do feel any pain, make sure to let your gynecologist know. 

This exam is done to ensure everything looks normal and tests come back normal. Pap smears are usually done in a quick fashion since your gynecologist knows it can be a bit uncomfortable. They’ll do their best to be as quick as possible and have you sit back up. 

Breast Exams

Breast exams are another essential part of your gynecologist’s visit. Breast exams should be done on a regular basis at home. You can conduct them yourself while in the shower when it’s the easiest to feel lumps. 

Your gynecologist will conduct a quick breast exam for you and will show you how to do them at home as well. 

Your First Visit to the Gynecologist Doesn’t Have to Be Frightening

We know how scary visiting a gynecologist can seem. Fortunately, with all the best advice and preparation, your first visit to the gynecologist doesn’t have to be frightening at all. When preparing to see the gynecologist, use the information given in this guide to know what to expect and how to plan to ensure the best visit possible.

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