My First Exam
Taking care of your body is extremely important, and seeing an obstetrician-gynecologist can benefit your health, especially if you make regular routine health care visits. You do not need to be sexually active to see an OB/GYN.
What to Expect at Your First Visit:
OB/GYNs specialize in the health of all women of all ages and issues. Feeling nervous about your exam is normal, and if you let your doctor know how you feel, he or she can help put you at ease.
Your doctor may ask a lot of questions about you and your family, including some that may seem personal, such as questions about your period or sexual activities. Giving honest answers to your doctor is very important as it will help him or her to care for you in the best way. If confidentiality is a concern, talk it over with your doctor before answering any questions.
Although these are concerns that many young women have in common, it is still important that you talk about them with your doctor.
- Cramps and other menstrual issues
- Sex and sexuality
- Birth control
- Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
- Emotional changes
Doing your best to stay healthy will be beneficial not only to your physical health, but also to your emotional well-being for the rest of your life.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Exercise often
- Avoid smoking, drinking, and using drugs
- Use birth control if you do not want to get pregnant
- Protect yourself from STDs by using latex condoms and limiting your number of partners
- Stay current with routine exams, tests, and immunizations.
Having unprotected sex and using drugs are examples of high-risk behaviors that can cause health issues. Talk to your doctor if you are struggling with living healthily and he or she can assist you in learning how to make your lifestyle better.
Certain exams may be necessary at your first visit. A nurse or a family member may join you at any time if you would like.
Normally, a pelvic exam is not performed at the first visit unless you are having problems, like pain or abnormal bleeding. Sexually active patients may have tests done for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), and these can usually be done with a simple urine sample. Vaccinations may also be necessary at this time.