What to Expect from Your First Gynecology Visit

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April 5, 2023

Gynecology appointments can initially feel intimidating, especially if you have never been to one before. However, your gynecologist or midwife is there to help you to the best of their capabilities, and there is no need to feel scared or ashamed. As they always meet people with similar problems, they will not judge you under any circumstances. 

1. A Discussion of Your Medical History

Your gynecologist or midwife will ask you various questions about your medical history and what kind of problems you are facing. The questions include your periods, family health records, basic lifestyle, and more. Be very honest and open about the information you provide to your doctors because it will help them to better examine you properly and address any concerns you might have before they become a problem.

2. Talk about Very Personal Topics

Now, this segment can be a bit embarrassing for those reluctant to talk about their sex life or menstrual cycle, but this is a vital piece of detail the doctor or midwife must know to understand your ailment better. Whether you have irregular, painful, or abnormal periods or suffer from some diseases that occurred after you performed sexual activities, your gynecologist or midwife is a professional who will be there to support you without bias or judgment.

3. Conduct Physical Examinations

Your gynecologist or midwife might ask to perform some physical exams like a breast exam or pelvic exam. In the breast examination, they might check for any lumps or cysts, which can sometimes be a sign of breast cancer. 

For a pelvic examination, they will search for signs of sexually transmitted diseases, cysts, etc. This test might include a pap smear, and even though it is done on patients aged 21 and over, exceptions can be made for someone with serious issues.

4. Birth Control Discussions

If you are interested in birth control or discussing such, your gynecologist or midwife is the best person to talk to. They will review your medical record, check your current health, and then suggest what form of birth control would work best for you. Some methods of birth control that might be suggested include taking pills or having other procedures like the insertion of an IUD.

5. Other Health Concerns

Your gynecologist or midwife might discuss other health concerns, such as screening for breast cancer or pelvic cancer, with you as well. You can also ask about any other problems you might need help with and have missed out on at the start; they will either be able to address your concerns personally or refer you in the direction of the correct specialist to handle the situation.

If you are looking for an expert in gynecology or obstetrics, we at Northwest Women’s Clinic are there to help you. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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