When Should A Girl Have Her First Pelvic Exam?

When should a woman get a pelvic exam?

Women should have their first pelvic exam at age 21 unless other health issues require it earlier.

Often the first pelvic exam is when a young woman goes to seek birth control.

Women over the age of 21 should receive regular pelvic exams, similar to general checkups..

What should I expect at my first woman exam?

As part of your exam, you will be asked questions about your family history, current health, and sexual activity. You can also expect to be asked questions about your menstrual cycle, sexual activity and partners, contraception, STD prevention, pregnancies, illnesses, surgeries, and drug and alcohol use.

Can a gynecologist tell if you’re a virgin?

First, we want to reassure you that your gynecologist can NOT tell whether you’ve had sex, even during a pelvic (sometimes called gynecological) exam.

Do gynecologists care if you shave?

It’s not necessary to shave or wax around the vagina before your first visit to a gynecologist. You will want to be clean though, so be sure to shower that day, using a gentle soap to maintain proper vaginal hygiene.

What questions do gynecologists ask you?

The doctor will ask questions about your previous medical history, your family history and past surgeries. He or she will ask you to remember when your first period was and tell them what it is like – whether your menstrual cycle is regular, how long it lasts, etc.

When should you get your first pelvic exam?

Your first pelvic exam is usually after you become sexually active or when you turn 21, whichever comes first. You may need a pelvic exam sooner if you are experiencing problems with your period or have other symptoms, including: Pain in your lower abdomen or pelvic area.

What happens at your first gynecology appointment?

To start out, a visit for a gynecology exam is like any other doctor’s visit. Your doctor will talk to you about your general medical history. They’ll also ask about your sexual health history. This includes how many sexual partners you’ve had and if you use protection and contraception.

Is it normal to get wet during a pelvic exam?

There is nothing wrong with you. Your body’s natural response of lubrication in this particular case has nothing to do with whether you are aroused by your doctor or the examination itself. Also, some women lubricate more than others and that is normal too.

What do pelvic exams check for?

A pelvic exam usually lasts only a few minutes. Your doctor checks your vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, uterus, rectum and pelvis for any abnormalities. A Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, is often performed during a pelvic exam.