Family, Family Life, Puberty, Relation and Sexuality

Gynecologist first visit – do not panic

Gynecologist first visit - do not panic

At some point every young woman comes to the point of seeing a gynecologist. The first visit to the clinic is very exciting for many girls. You are unsure. This is completely right. Girls who say they weren’t excited are just lying. Because a lot of questions go through your head before you go to the gynecologist for the first time: What is going on there? Do I have to prepare for the examination? And much more.

The first visit to the gynecologist

Most girls find their way to the gynecologist for the first time when they are 14 or 15 years old. Be it because menstruation problems and discomfort often occur at this age, or you simply have questions about contraception to have. However, age doesn’t really matter. As soon as a girl has questions or problems, the gynecologist is the right contact person. Many girls find the right doctor through recommendations from friends. Or they fall back on the experiences of their mother or aunt. Would I rather be examined by a woman or a man? Or I just don’t care. This is one of the first questions teenagers ask themselves. More and more practices have introduced a direct teenager consultation. The young women gladly accept the offer and there are no unpleasant encounters with the neighbor or the mother’s acquaintance in the waiting room.

Do the parents learn something from the first visit to the gynecologist?

If you are under the age of 14, the doctor must inform the parents of any treatment and involve them in the decision-making process. Up to the age of 16 the gynecologist is free to inform the parents if he sees fit. From the 16th birthday, the doctor is subject to confidentiality and may not give anyone information about the visit to the practice. Young people under the age of 18 also do not have to pay the practice fee. In the case of privately insured parents, the parents will definitely find out about the bill from the doctor.


What exactly happens at the first visit to the gynecologist?

There is hardly any preparation for the examination. You wash as usual. The examination date should be such that menstruation is not currently taking place. If you keep a regular calendar, the doctor will be happy to make a note of this for his file. Otherwise, casual, loose clothing will help you relax better. The doctor needs the insurance card in order to be able to bill the health insurance company for the examination. Everyone is completely free to bring their girlfriend, boyfriend, mother or whomever else they trust with them to the practice.
After the greeting, the doctor will first have a casual conversation and ask you a few important things. Such as:

  • Are there any complaints?
  • When was the very first menstrual period?
  • When was the first day of the last menstrual period?
  • How regular is the menstrual cycle?
  • Do you take medication?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • Have you had any operations or treatments on your chest or lower abdomen?
  • Have you already had sexual intercourse?
  • If yes: how was it prevented?
  • Are there serious illnesses in the family, if so: which ones?
  • Which vaccinations have been given so far?

Once this has been clarified, you can ask the doctor your questions. Nobody should be ashamed to find out everything that moves you. The doctor will gladly and openly provide information and pass on information material and tips. Then the investigation follows. Most girls are afraid of her. Probably less because of the investigation itself, but rather because of the unknown.
First you have to free yourself in a dressing room downstairs. Then the doctor asks you to sit in the examination chair. It doesn’t look particularly inviting, but it’s not that uncomfortable. A good doctor will explain each step of the exam in detail. As a rule, a sister supports him and hands over the necessary aids. The doctor initially only checks the outside for skin irritation and the like. He then feels the ovaries and cervix and takes a swab from the cervix with a cotton swab, which is later examined in the laboratory for signs of cervical cancer. The smear is only taken if the young woman has already had sexual intercourse. The examination only takes one to three minutes, it is completely painless and, when you are young, it is only necessary twice a year.

If you don’t have any more questions and have received all the information and any prescriptions, that’s it with the first visit to the gynecologist. Most young women trust their doctor very quickly and can speak openly. The next visit to the gynecologist will then be much easier and at some point it will become routine.


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