From the easy-to-discuss to the not-so-easy to discuss, at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn, we believe in providing you with a safe and comfortable setting to discuss all of your gynecologic needs and concerns. At Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn, we offer specialized care in the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of various gynecologic conditions, such as urinary incontinence and prolapse, endometriosis and fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and more.
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At What Age Should Girls Start To See a Gynecologist?
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, girls should have their first gynecological appointment between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. This allows them to develop a relationship with their gynecologist. During this consultation, the patient and doctor will discuss age-related female health topics and discuss what to expect at their first pelvic examination. It will be recommended to return for future visits to discuss the onset of menstruation, contraception, and other reproductive health issues.
If you are 18 or older, your doctor will discuss possible forms of contraception, whether you are sexually active, and if you think you might be pregnant. If you are 21 or older, your doctor will perform a Pap smear. A Pap smear is a test that involves swabbing your cervix to test for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells.
What Is the Difference Between an OB/GYN?
Obstetricians, or OBs, are specialized physicians who manage the care of women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are postpartum. They offer prenatal and postnatal care as well.
A gynecologist is a type of physician who focuses on female reproductive health. They perform annual Pap smears, breast examinations and manage issues with menstruation, menopause, conception, and sexually transmitted diseases.
An OB/GYN is a specialist whose focus is on both female reproductive health and pregnancy.
What To Expect at the First Appointment?
In addition to a meet and greet, your doctor will ask about your menstrual cycle, any symptoms you are having, possible sexual activity, and the need for contraception. You may also have your first pelvic exam performed at this time. If not, a general physical examination will be performed, which includes your weight, height, and blood pressure.
If a pelvic exam is performed, your external genitalia will be examined. This is to ensure that your vulva and labia are properly developed. An internal exam will include examination of your female reproductive organs, including your ovaries, uterus, and cervix. Your doctor will gently push on your abdomen to feel for any abnormal lumps on your ovaries.