Your First Gynecological Visit: Michelle Plyler, CNM
Your first gynecological visit is all about getting comfortable with talking about your body and forming a relationship with your gynecologist. It is completely normal to feel nervous or uncertain about what will happen the first time you come for a gynecological visit. Because of this, you may decide to bring somebody with you. However, if there are any topics that you do not feel comfortable discussing in front of your support, there will always be an opportunity to have a conversation alone with your doctor.
There are usually two parts of your first gynecological visit – a discussion and a physical exam. We still start with going over your medical history, your family history, and any specific concerns or questions you may have. You are at an age where your body may be going through many changes, and it is completely normal to have questions about these changes. Conversations can include discussing mental health, periods, contraceptive or birth control options, or any other concerns you have. We want you to feel comfortable with sharing and asking questions.
As for the physical exam, there will not be much of a difference from your typical pediatric annual exam. One additional step would be a breast exam, which is a process that we will explain and talk through with you. If you are not sexually active and you are under 21 years old, you most likely will not need a pelvic exam unless there is a specific issue to address.
If you are sexually active or 21 years of age, a pelvic exam is needed. This is done to make sure everything looks normal and that you are screened for cervical cancer. A pelvic exam only takes a matter of minutes, and should not be painful. Your provider will be sure to talk you through the process and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If you are interested more in how a pelvic exam is performed, please watch this video of Michelle Plyler, CNM, explaining the process in detail. If you are sexually active, it will be a good idea to perform testing for sexually transmitted infections – we typically test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia as these are the most common infections.
The most important thing to remember about your first gynecological visit is that our doctors are here to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Your first visit can be whatever you wish it to be. It could just be as simple as a conversation to get to know your doctor. We are here to answer any questions you have and to be a source of support and care whenever you need us.
County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C. is dedicated to caring for the special health needs of women of all ages, whether they are just entering puberty, expecting a baby, or navigating menopause.
Our warm and professional staff are trained to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, including adult and adolescent gynecology, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology.