Your Daughter’s First Gynecology Visit | What to Expect

Today we’re going to talk about when
would be a good time for your daughter to have her first visit to the
gynecologist. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends an
initial well-woman visit for teens and adolescents at around 13 to 15 years of
age. The goal of this initial visit is to start to build a physician-patient
relationship for the future, to dispel myths and fears about visiting the
gynecologist, and to work towards trust toward a future relationship. So when we
first visit the gynecologist it would start like any other visit to your
pediatrician or your primary care doctor. Now the next part of the visit is
something that may be different than you have with your general practitioner or
something that may be different from what patients have had before and that
is the importance of having a confidential visit. This is where we
really need to know that we’re growing as an individual, that we’re having time
to discuss our own personal questions with our physician, and that we do have
time to discuss things that we might not feel as comfortable discussing in front
of our parents. The next part of the visit that may cause some anxiety for
patients is the idea of a gynecologic exam. First thing is we do not have to do
any part of an exam if that is not comfortable for the patient. The most
important part of your first gynecologic visit is education and learning and
developing a relationship with your physician. The last part of the
gynecologic visit would be the wrap-up At this point any patients who had
elected to do their gynecological exam by themselves, we would bring the parents
back into the room, we would talk about what we had went over in the visit and
assure that everyone was in understanding of what we had talked
about. At the end of the day we want to make sure that visiting the gynecologist
can be a positive experience. Our goal is to make sure that girls can come away
feeling educated and empowered without fear of visiting the gynecologist.

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