When To Receive Your First Gynecologic Visit

Q:  When should I have my first gynecologic visit? A:  According to ACOG, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, girls should have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15.

Q:  What should I expect at my first gynecologic visit?  A:  The first visit may be merely a discussion between you and the doctor allowing you to learn what you need to do to remain healthy. Based on the individual, you could also have an exam.  Your doctor will ask you questions about you and your family and your menstrual period and current vaccinations.  Your doctor may also discuss sexual activity and provide information to keep you safe and healthy.

Q:  What exams will be performed?  A:  You can choose to have a nurse and or family member with you during all exams.  You may have a general physical exam, in which your height, weight and blood pressure will be checked.  You would not need a pelvic exam unless you are having problems such as abnormal bleeding or pain.  If you are sexually active you may also have specific test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Q:  What is a pelvic exam and a pap smear?  A:  You probably would not have a pelvic exams performed on your fist visit unless you are having problems.  You do not need a pap smear until you are 21 unless you are having problems or are sexually active.  The pap smear looks for abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix that can lead to cancer.

Q:  What vaccines are recommend?  A:  The following vaccines are given to all young women aged 11-18 on a routine basis. The can be administered by your family practice physician, pediatrician or gynecologist.

  • Tetanus Diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster
  • Human papillomavirus vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Influenza vaccine (yearly)

Q:  What items are normally discussed with my gynecologist?  A:  Cramps and problems with your period, acne, weight issues, sex and sexuality, STIs, Birth Control, Alcohol / Drug use, Smoking and Emotional ups and downs.

For more information visit https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Your-First-Gynecologic-Visit-Especially-for-Teens#first