after all this, you still might be worried about theOB/GYN. That
is completely understandable. Girls like you have a thousand questions
about their first visit to the gynecologist. Below are some questions
or worries you may be having, and some soothing answers.
- Will it hurt? No, the OB/GYN won’t hurt you. If
you feel pain at any time, let your OB/GYN know. Of course, you
might feel discomfort
or just kind of strange, but that’s normal.
- Should I see
a male or female doctor? This is entirely up to you. Both male
and female OB/GYNs are competent, and there is no “right” choice.
Many women feel more comfortable with women doctors who have
gone through the same things that they have. Male doctors usually
enough experience to understand what you are going through, however.
Also, a male or female gynecologist should bring a female nurse
into the exam room during your pelvic examination and Pap smear
you feel more comfortable and safe.
- Will the visit be private?
Everything you talk about with your OB/GYN about will be private. Doctors
take an oath that prevents them from
talking to other people about your health issues. If you are sexually active
and are afraid to tell your OB/GYN because you don’t want
your parents to know, don’t worry. Your OB/GYN will ask
you a lot of personal questions, but those answers are all confidential.
be honest and answer all of the questions your gynecologist asks
- What if I’m not normal? Most girls your age share this
concern. You might be worried that you are sick, strange or that
is totally wrong with you. By going to the OB/GYN regularly,
you will be able to keep up with your reproductive health, and
will be able to detect if something is “abnormal.” And
if you have an abnormality, your doctor will work with you to
treat whatever health problems you have.
- What will happen in the
OB/GYN’s office? First, you’ll
go through the normal routine of getting weighed and having your
height recorded by a nurse or an assistant. You will meet your
OB/GYN and discuss your concerns. Your OB/GYN will probably ask
you a lot
of questions about your family history, your sexual history and
your reproductive health and menstrual cycle. Next, you will
be left alone
and asked to remove your clothing and put on a paper or cloth gown. The
OB/GYN will return when you are ready. He or she will knock on
first. You will sit on a special table and put your feet in “stirrups.” This
will allow you to recline with your legs spread apart for your
pelvic exam. Your OB/GYN will talk to you and help you feel comfortable
for your pelvic exam and Pap smear. That is really quick, and
you know it, you will be finished. Before your OB/GYN leaves,
he or she will examine your breasts to detect any abnormal lumps.
your OB/GYN will leave you alone to change out of the gown and
into your comfortable clothes. Your OB/GYN will meet with you
time to talk about any of your health concerns, to prescribe
any medicine or to ask any follow-up questions. Then you will
your next annual exam at the front desk. Generally in a week
or so, your OB/GYN’s office will call you with
the results of your Pap smear. Be sure to ask if they will call
you if the
results are abnormal only, or if they will also call you with