First GYN Exam
We understsand that your first visit to the gynecologist can be scary. Everyone in our office is senstivie and caring. You may be relieved to know that Pap smears are not recommended until age 21.
We see women on many ages for their first gyn exam. Some women from other countries have had babies but never had a gynecologic exam.
We will welcome you when you arrive at the office. Please be sure to bring your identification and insurance cards. Also, check with your insurance company to see if your annual well woman exam is covered. Unfortunately, these rules change frequently and the same insurance you had last year or last month, may have different rules now.
An annual exam general begins with you leaving a urine sample. We are checking for evidence of a urinary tract infection, which may or may not have symptoms. We also check for sugar in the urine and protein in the urine. If you have any of these, we will discuss them with you during your visit.
The next step is to talk with you and find out your health history and concerns that you have about your gynecologic health. Since we are women's health specialists, we may be asking when your last periods started, how often you get your period, length of your periods, heaviness of your periods, lack of periods, or how you are doing since the end of your periods. We will remind you of what screening tests, if any, you need. We will also make sure you are up to date on your HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine guideline have changed recently and we want to make sure you are up to date with the latest recommendations. Then the nurse will take your measurements and vital signs, including your height, weight and blood pressure.
At Ideal Gynecology, for your physical exam, you will be given a soft, cloth gown and an additional sheet to drape over your lap. All of our practitioners are specialists in women’s health and your breast and pelvic exam will be as gentle as possible and with respect for your privacy.
If you have any anxiety about the exam, talk to your provider. We understand that a gyn exam can be difficult for a number of reasons, physical and/or emotional and we are here to work with you.