Each doctor at Cheyenne Women’s Clinic is an obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN), which is a doctor that specializes in the healthcare of women. We also have a physician assistant (PA) on our staff who can provide much of the same care. You should have your first visit to a provider at CWC, either an OBGYN or PA, when you are between 13 and 15 years old.
It is normal to feel nervous about your first visit. It may help if you talk about it with your mom, aunt, older sister or someone else you trust who can help put your mind at ease. If you are still nervous at your appointment, let the provider know. He or she may be able to help you relax.
Your very first visit may well be just a talk between you and your provider. He or she can tell you what to expect at future visits and give you information on how to stay healthy.
Your provider may ask a lot of questions about you and your family. Some of them may seem personal, such as questions about your menstrual period or sexual activities. If you are concerned about confidentiality, you and your provider should talk about it before you answer any questions. Much of the information you share can be kept confidential.
But at your first visit, you may also have certain exams.
What Exams will Your Provider Perform?
You may have certain exams at the first visit. If you would like, a nurse or family member may join you for any part of the exam. Most often, these are the exams performed at a first appointment:
You usually do not need to have a pelvic exam during your first visit unless you are having problems, such as abnormal bleeding or pain. If you are sexually active, you may have tests for certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Most of the tests that teens need can be completed through a urine sample.
Even though you probably will not have a pelvic exam, you should know what one is. The pelvic exam has three parts:
The provider will use a tool called a speculum to look at your vagina and cervix. When you have a Pap test, which is a test you have starting after you turn 21 that checks for abnormal changes in the cervix that could lead to cancer, a sample of cells is taken from your cervix with a small brush.
To check your internal organs, the provider will place one or two gloved, lubricated fingers into the vagina and up to the cervix. The other hand will press on the abdomen from the outside.
Will I Need the HPV Vaccination?
If you have not been vaccinated for the human Papillomavirus (HPV), your provider will recommend that you receive that series of vaccinations (two or three doses provided within six months). The HPV vaccine will help protect you against nine types of HPV that cause:
It will also protect you against two strains of HPV that cause 90% of genital warts cases.
What Health Concerns Can I Discuss with My Provider?Many young women share the same health concerns, and most of these are a normal part of growing up:
Let your provider know if you have any special concerns about any of these. Making good lifestyle choices can help you to be strong and healthy for years to come: