It’s normal to feel nervous about seeing a gynecologist, especially if you’re a teenager going for the first time.
The compassionate and professional providers at Marina OB/GYN in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California, go above and beyond to help their adolescent patients feel comfortable. For adolescent OB/GYN care you can trust, call or book an appointment online today.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), teenage girls should have their first gynecological exam, or well-woman exam, between ages 13-15.
The caring providers at Marina OB/GYN are sensitive to the emotional needs of younger patients and specialize in providing compassionate adolescent care.
What should I expect during my first visit to the gynecologist?
Your first visit to Marina OB/GYN may not be very different from a typical doctor appointment. Your provider may discuss what you can expect in future visits as your body changes over time. Your provider also teaches you steps you can take to stay healthy.
They also ask questions about your health. This may include topics that seem personal, like your menstrual period and sexual activities. The more honest you are with your provider, the better they can help you. Aside from discussing your health and medical history, your first visit to Marina OB/GYN may include a physical and external genital exam. This is like a regular physical exam, but it includes checking your vulva, or the outer part of your vagina. They may also check your breasts for lumps and abnormal changes.
Depending on your unique needs, your provider may also administer vaccinations, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and perform a pelvic exam. You may not need a pelvic exam and Pap test until age 21, unless you have a specific concern that your provider needs more information about.
Your visit to Marina OB/GYN is an opportunity to ask questions about any concerns you may have about your body and sexual health. Common topics to discuss with your OB/GYN include:
If you’re worried about your family or anyone else finding out what you discuss with your Marina OB/GYN provider, you can ask them to explain their terms of confidentiality. For professional gynecologists with experience in adolescent care, call Marina OB/GYN or book an appointment online today.