Visiting a gynecologist is an important part of any woman's health. It is important to develop a comfortable relationship with your gynecologist so that you are relaxed and feel comfortable sharing information that you might not share with others. A gynecology appointment can be very different than others so it is important to know what to expect.
It is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that girls first visit to the gynecologist be scheduled between the ages of 13 and 15. This visit will mainly be in the doctors office talking about your family, life, and possible sexual activity. This time can also be used for you to ask whatever questions you may have for your doctor. A pelvic exam is not always needed on the initial visit, but the gynecologist will perform a regular health exam and talk to you about your development. If you do not decide to see a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15 it is recommended to visit one when you become sexual active.
Throughout a girls life it is recommended to schedule yearly checkups with your gynecologist. If you are having problems or concerns you should always schedule an appointment and get yourself checked out. Common problems and concerns include irregular pap smears, changes in your period, and pain or irritation in the vaginal area.
Most women experience menopause in their early 50s, though some may start earlier or later than others. Women normally experience changes in their period during these years. Some women might experience lighter or heavier periods. It is important to check with your gynecologist when approaching the onset of menopause to rule out the possibility of pregnancy if there is a change in your menstrual cycle. It is a good to continue to schedule yearly or every three years with your gynecologist even after menopause to monitor your health and reproductive organs. Woman around the age of 70 can stop routine visits if they have a history of normal pap smears, and have no new sexual partners.
To schedule your first visit or to ask any questions call Capital Women's Health at 301 569-6301