What to Know Before Your First Gynecological Care Appointment

What to Know Before Your First Gynecological Care Appointment

Health and Fitness January 25, 2023

An obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) is a doctor who specializes in the health care of women. You should your first visit with an ob-gyn between the ages of 13 years and 15. If you are wondering what to expect for your first visit gynecological care appointment, continue reading.

Regardless of your age, a medical professional will do a general physical exam to check your height, weight, and blood pressure before an ob/gyn checks you out.

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Your doctor typically won’t perform a pelvic exam to check out your reproductive organs during your first ob/gyn visit. The exception is if you’re sexually active, want STI testing, or have other health concerns like abnormal bleeding or very painful periods.

It’s really easy to prepare for your first gynecologist appointment. Be sure to schedule your exam in the middle of your cycle. They don’t want you to be having your period during the exam. Whether or not you shave is totally up to you. It’s your choice and it won’t affect your exam at all. It really doesn’t matter to us how you trim your pubic hair or even if you shave it at all.

Don’t be nervous. Your doctor is only their to make sure you are healthy!