By Women's Medical Center
December 05, 2014
While you might not like to think about it, your little girl is growing up. Now instead of being interested in dolls and coloring books she’s thinking about makeup and staying on the phone for hours talking to friends. Of course her health is always a priority; however, as she continues to grow up it’s important to keep in mind that it will be necessary for her to start seeing a gynecologist. Your Dothan, AL gynecologist gives you an easy-to-use guide on how to handle the first gynecologist visit for either yourself or your daughter.
When should I make my first gynecologist appointment?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that a girl’s first appointment should be between the ages of 13 to 15.
Here are some factors for when you should start seeing a gynecologist regularly:
- Being sexually activity (or planning to be)
- Having a period for over a year that’s still irregular
- If you have periods that are over a week long, are extremely painful or are very heavy
Why should I go to a gynecologist?
A gynecologist is there to handle and care for your sexual health. We make sure that your reproductive system is healthy, we’ll tell you ways to prevent future problems and we’ll answer any questions you may have about your body.
Also, women between the ages of 21 to 64 should have a Pap smear every three years and a pelvic exam annually.
What should I expect from my first gynecologist visit?
The first visit doesn’t typically require a pelvic exam; usually it’s just to establish rapport with the doctor to make sure that this is the gynecologist you want to handle your sexual health. The first appointment is also a good time to talk to your doctor and ask any questions you may have.
If it’s time to schedule a gynecological appointment for either yourself or your daughter, we would be happy to set up your visit. Make your reproductive health a priority!