Much depends on the woman’s approach to routine annual examinations from the first visit to the gynecologist. This is an important moment and undoubtedly quite stressful for any young girl. The first, routine visit to the gynecologist should take place between the ages of 13 and 16 or between the first menstruation and the start of sexual activity. If there are any disturbing symptoms from the reproductive system, you should visit the gynecologist earlier.
The first visit should be as comfortable as possible for the girl, so it is worth making sure to choose the so-called a specialist in developmental gynecology who is adequately prepared for the examination and treatment of women under 18 years of age. Until the age of majority, treatment or possible prescription of contraceptives is carried out with the consent of the parents. A young woman should see a gynecologist as soon as possible if there are signals from the reproductive system such as:
- irregular periods for at least two years
- vaginal discharge
- itching, burning
- pain in the lower abdomen
- lack of menstruation despite the age of 15
- painful and heavy periods
- planning the beginning of intercourse
- problems with the maturation process such as abnormal nipple development or absence of pubic hair
The course of a routine visit to the gynecologist
Routine visits to the gynecologist are a source of discomfort for many women. Undergoing a gynecological examination requires the patient to break the barrier of shame, therefore the delicacy and appropriate approach of the gynecologist is of great importance here. The visit begins with an interview.
There are questions about the last menstruation, the course of menstruation in general, medications taken, general health, past pregnancies and possible miscarriages. Some visits may begin with height, weight, and blood pressure measurements. Then a routine gynecological examination is performed, during which the patient sits down on a specialist chair.
The primary method of assessing the internal genitalia is through a speculum examination. During this time, the doctor has a chance to see the shields and the cervix, as well as collect material for cytological examination. During the visit, the breasts are also examined most often. In some patients, the doctor may decide to perform a gynecological ultrasound. After the test, the taken sample is sent to the laboratory. In the event of alarming results, the gynecologist calls the patient and arranges another visit. Routine gynecological examinations should be performed once a year.
How to prepare for the visit?
First of all, try to get rid of any unnecessary tension. A good gynecologist will try to provide you with the best possible conditions and will take care of your well-being. A routine visit is usually quick, so before you know it – it’s all over. For your own comfort, wear a dress, loose skirt or tunic. Before your visit, take a shower and make a list of medications you are taking and information about any illnesses when you see your doctor of choice for the first time. Thanks to this, you will speed up the whole process and allow the doctor to take a closer look at your health.