WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR FIRST GYNECOLOGICAL EXAM?
Gynecological exams are a normal part of a young woman’s health care routine. This type of exam assesses the health of your reproductive organs to check for problems or health conditions that need to be addressed. Washington Surgi-Clinicprovides affordable gynecological services for women in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
When It’s Time for the First Exam
Generally, a girl’s first gynecological exam should occur either when she becomes sexually active or by the time she turns 18. Even if you have experienced no problems by age 18 and are not sexually active, it’s important to schedule an exam to check your reproductive health. There are many additional reasons you might schedule a gynecological exam before age 18. If you have pain in your lower abdomen or vagina, experience severely painful or very long periods, or have missed more than one period following sexual intercourse, schedule a gynecological exam. If you have not had your first period by age 16, you should also visit a gynecologist for a checkup.
What Happens During the Exam
During the exam, your gynecologist will ask you a number of questions regarding your general health as well as your periods and your level of sexual activity. It’s important to answer these questions honestly. Your doctor will make note of your weight, temperature, and blood pressure. In many cases, a breast exam is part of a full gynecological exam. Breast exams check painlessly for abnormal breast tissue, such as breast cancer. Next, your gynecologist will perform a pelvic exam . This includes both an internal and external examination of your vulva, vagina, cervix, and reproductive organs. The procedure is comfortable and only requires a few moments to complete.
You can schedule a gynecological exam at Washington Surgi-Clinic today by calling (202) 659-9403. Our women’s clinic is dedicated to providing gynecological care with the respect and privacy every woman deserves. Explore our services and find out more about how we can help you afford your visit by clicking on our website.