Your relationship with your gynecologist is important to your health and wellbeing as a young woman.
That said, it can be very difficult to know when you should see a gynecologist for the first time.
You don’t want to wait too long. Here are some considerations.
When considering seeing a gynecologist for the first time, the main consideration is often your age.
We recommend that you should schedule your first teen gynecologist exam between the ages of 13 and 15.
But, you don’t have to worry! At your first appointment, the chances of any in depth or painful procedures are very low.
Mostly, this will be an appointment to check in with you and your concerns.
Pap smears typically don’t begin until you’re 21. But, seeing a gynecologist early will help alleviate the stress and confusion around those exams.
There are many other reasons for healthy women to see a gynecologist. When you’re choosing a gynecologist, it’s important to think about your needs as a patient.
Why do you think you should see a gynecologist for the first time?
- Have you noticed irregular periods?
- Are your cramps keeping you down?
- Do you experience intense symptoms of PMS like anxiety, headaches, or irritability?
- Have you noticed any increased acne, especially around your periods?
- Are you sexually active and concerned about STDs or pain during sex?
- Does it seem like you’re experiencing puberty especially late or early?
- Do you have general questions about your sexual wellbeing?
Whether you have a clear answer to these questions in your mind or not–seeing a gynecologist will shed light on these concerns. You don’t need to have the answers, that’s what your doctor is here for.
Gynecologists are extremely valuable resources. The professionals are here to answer your questions.
It doesn’t matter if your questions are directly related to symptoms.
You may have sensitive worries that only a doctor can help you with. Are you worried about gender identity, sexual orientation, disordered eating or when to start having sex?
Do you know how to safely start having sex and what to expect?
These are the questions a gynecologist can answer for you, privately, discreetly, and without the prying eyes of parents or peers.
Being a teen is difficult enough, don’t carry the burden of these worries alone!
Seeing a Gynecologist for the First Time
Now you know if it is time to schedule that first appointment.
And, you’re a bit more prepared. You have a list of questions and you can be confident your concerns will be taken seriously.
It can seem daunting to see a gynecologist for the first time. But, it doesn’t need to be!
It really all comes down to this: If you think you should see a gynecologist, you probably should. Trust your concerns and your body.
You know your body best.
- Are you 13-15 years old?
- Do you have concerns about your vagina or body?
- Do you have questions only a doctor can answer?
Did you answer “yes” to any of the above questions? If so, it looks like it’s time to schedule that first appointment.
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