As girls mature into teenagers, it’s critical that they receive proper medical care from a doctor who specializes in women’s health. It’s natural to be apprehensive about your first visit. It may be beneficial to discuss it with your mother, aunt, elder sister, or someone else you trust who can help you relax. Let your provider know if you’re still worried at your appointment. He or she might be able to assist you in unwinding. It’s possible that your initial appointment will consist solely of a conversation between you and your provider. He or she can give you advice on how to keep healthy and what to expect at future appointments. Many young ladies have the same health problems that come with being a teenager. Visiting your obstetrics and gynaecology on a regular basis provides at least three purposes:
- Information-You can get reliable information and private answers to any questions you have about your changing body, menstruation, or sexuality.
- Prevention-Adolescent bodily changes, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, and healthy lifestyles are among topics covered.
- Treatment-Pelvic pain, irregular periods, and other concerns can be addressed by your doctor.
Provide A confidential discussion, and thorough Explanation on the below aspects:
At your gynecologist’s office, you’ll be discussing some extremely sensitive issues (sexual activity, birth control, pregnancy, drug and alcohol use). It’s critical that you feel comfortable telling your doctor everything. We will have you sign a confidentiality agreement at your initial appointment, allowing you to specify what information you want to share with your parents and what information you want to keep private.
- Menstrual Cycle-Your doctor will inquire about your menstrual cycle (period), including how often it occurs, how heavy or light it is, whether you experience pain during it, and so on. They’ll also talk about what constitutes a normal and abnormal menstrual cycle.
- Contraception (birth control) is used for a variety of purposes, including preventing pregnancy, managing heavy periods, reducing period cramps, and controlling acne. Your doctor will discuss a variety of birth control choices with you, including: Pills, vaginal rings, injections, implants, and IUDs are all forms of birth control (Intrauterine Device)
- Screening for sexually transmitted infections-Illnesses acquired between partners during sexual activity are known as STIs (sexually transmitted infections). If you have a sexually active lifestyle, your doctor may advise you to get tested for STIs. A pelvic exam, urine test, and/or blood test are used to determine this. If you are concerned about a possible exposure, you can obtain a STI check at any time.
- Exams You may be given exams that are unfamiliar to you during your first visit. A nurse or a family member may accompany you for any section of the exam if you like. These are the exams that are usually performed at an initial appointment.