The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until all the children are in bed. However, we all know how important it is to take care of our health, and regular visits to your AOA gynecologist are simply an essential part of growing up and taking responsibility for your health. Relax, put your feet up not in the stirrups quite yet and let us demystify the experience and reassure you that there is nothing to fear. Before the Exam When you decide to make an appointment for a gynecological exam with your AOA doctor, make sure to schedule it to take place during the middle of your menstrual cycle.
I Went to the Gyno for the First Time and Here's What Happened
Your First Gynecologist Appointment: 9 Things You Should Know
My name is Noelle, I'm 24, and I just went to my first gynecologist appointment. I realize that you might be a little shocked it took me so long to go, but here's the thing: I've never had any problems with my menstrual cycle so I just never felt the urgent need to go. I saw the whole avoiding-a-stranger-poking-around-my-vagina thing as an upside. With that said, I realized that there are other important reasons to go to the gyno worth bearing the aforementioned awkwardness other than to figure out why you're not getting your period regularly.
A pediatric and adolescent gynecologist explains how to know when your daughter is ready for a visit, and how to prepare. For many parents of teen girls, the question of when teens need to start seeing a gynecologist sparks uncertainty. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology recommend annual Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer starting at age 21, regardless of sexual activity.
Here, I want to break down what happens during a pelvic exam sometimes called a gynecological exam , so you know exactly what to expect. Your doctor will give you a pelvic exam if you have pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, or if there are signs of an infection. You also do NOT need a pelvic exam just because you want to start using birth control.