What to expect at your first gynecological visit
If you’re like many women, the idea of having a gynecological exam might seem a bit daunting–especially when you’re not sure what exactly that type of exam entails! However, as with any other type of medical care, it is important to be seen for routine gynecological visits in order to make sure everything is in working order. We are here to debunk the myths and to let you know what to expect from your first gynecological visit at Colorado Springs Gynecology Associates.
When you come in for your first gynecological exam, the provider will ask you to undress completely so that he or she will be able to perform a complete physical and pelvic exam. The physical exam will include listening to your heart and lungs and performing a breast exam. It is recommended that people of all ages get a physical exam yearly. If you are 21 years of age or older, the provider will also do what’s known as a pap smear. During a pap smear, your cervix will be swabbed in order to test the cervical cells for any abnormalities. If you request it, your provider can also do additional tests to screen for sexually-transmitted diseases and infections.
So you’ve completed your first gynecological exam–now what’s next? Your gynecologist can assist you with anything from birth control to ultrasounds to fertility counseling, depending on your unique wants and needs. Medical and surgical treatments are options as well. No matter what route your treatment takes, keep in mind that your care and wellbeing is the most important thing.
If you’re still having doubts about whether or not to be seen gynecologically, it is important to keep in mind that gynecological exams are an important part of every woman’s health. There is no judgment involved in a gynecological exam, and you will always receive care of the highest level regardless of your race, age, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. We here at Colorado Springs Gynecology Associates are committed to your care and to providing you with all the knowledge you need to make informed, educated decisions about your health.