Many young women are unsure or nervous about their first gynecologic visit, but it is a simple, important and necessary step to a healthy lifestyle. We believe you should have your first visit by the age of 18 or prior to becoming sexually active. Young women with concerns or ob/gyn problems are sometimes seen at our center at much earlier ages. Younger women often choose to come with a friend or family member, while others prefer the visit to be very confidential. Either way, ob/gyn care is personal business and no details are shared without the express permission of the patient herself. This applies even to parents, although we do encourage communication with a parents or someone you trust.
In the office, you will be asked some personal questions about your health, development, menstrual cycle and sexual activities. Being open and honest will help your practitioner address your health appropriately. Depending on your history and lifestyle, you may also need to undergo a physical, breast, and pelvic exam with a pap test. We also recommend screening for sexually transmitted infections and appropriate vaccines, like the ones for HPV. Your nurse or practitioner will make your visit comfortable, rewarding and educational.