When Should You See a Gynecologist for the First Time | Madge the Vag | Scary Mommy


(funky music) – Going to the gyno is fun! (upbeat music) Vaginas are confusing, especially when they’re not your own! Twhat’s up ladies, I’m Madge the Vag, and today: taking your
daughter to the gyno, when you should do it
and what you can expect, because their cooters are counting on you. Do you know what age your daughter should start going to the gynecologist? – I guess when she gets her period? – Maybe before that, so
even nine to 12 I guess. – 10 or 11 because I don’t
want her to be like confused, or maybe I don’t know,
that’s what I think. – I don’t know! We’re here with Dr. Poynor, gynecologist. My daughter has a vagina, and I’m so confused. When do I start taking her to the gyno? – That’s a very personal decision. I think when young women
begin to have their periods and have questions about
menses and their periods, so that conversation should start between you, your daughter, and also the pediatrician
very importantly, also. I always think right before college is a really great time to
go to the gynecologist. I serve as a touch dome
for many young women just if they can call me. I may help them with birth control or conversations about safe sex, but they always have somebody
that they can reach out to. – So when my daughter goes
for her first gyno exam, does she go yearly after that
first one or what happens? – I am actually a fan of the annual visit because it allows you to
review good health habits. It also allows you to look
at some signs and symptoms, period pain basically, if
it’s becoming excessive, some young women may say well it’s just my period,
I need to deal with it. But if the physician or the gynecologist hears that there’s an escalation pain, it may prompt to do something else. – Can I go in with her,
how does that work? Can we come on in, take a pic? Walkie-talkie? – That’s a personal decision, that’s the relationship
between mother and daughter. I always defer to the
parent in this situation, the mother in this situation. Sometimes mothers are in the
room, sometimes they’re not. – So what exactly happens
at the first visit? – What we do is many times
we just converse, right? If a women is young and
she’s just had her period, we begin to talk about sex and safe sex. We also converse especially after a young women has her period about how to manage painful periods, how to manage irregular periods, what the expectations are. – When do girls get their first pap smear? – We don’t recommend pap
smears until a women is 21. – Oh, okay. – That’s when we start because
the risk of invasive cancer is quite low before that. So 21 is the age to start pap smears. We recommend cultures, though, yearly screening cultures
for gonorrhea and chlamydia because remember chlamydia
can be completely asympomatic and it is a sexually transmitted disease, and it does lead to infertility if not treated appropriately. But once a women becomes sexually active, we begin to talk about
inspecting the genitalia, that type of thing, making sure everything is okay. So those are other things just to listen and pay attention to that a gynecologist may be a little bit more in tune to then a pediatrician. – At what age do you think they start getting their pap smear? – I have no idea. – That I don’t know, I wanna say whenever she
gets her first period, but that could be wrong. – I guess once they start
becoming sexually active? – Well around 21. – Okay. – You know they’re in college, it’s time. – Well then that’s not
the same thing. (laughs) – Could be or couldn’t be. When the time comes, I
hope you feel prepared. And consider taking your
daughter to your doctor, family history is important. And who knows, they might
see a family resemblance. And don’t forget to talk
to your family doctor about the HPV vaccine, they’ll
thank you for it later. I’m Madge the Vag. If you have any questions or comments, put them in my box, my inbox that is.

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