Your Daughter’s First Time At The Gynecologist

It’s pretty likely that you feel your kids are growing up way too fast. Wasn’t it only yesterday you were taking their first day of school pictures? All of a sudden they’re at the age where you have to start addressing the adult stuff. Preparing for puberty can be a challenge for many parents. After you’ve told her all about the birds and the bees, you may feel it’s time for her to visit the gynecologist for the first time. She may be uneasy about the idea. It’s a good idea to talk a bit about gynecology before you make that first appointment.

 

Why Is Seeing A Gynecologist Important?

Have an honest and open dialogue with your daughter. She may consider going to the doctor a negative experience in general, thinking a visit means that she already has a health problem. In your conversation with her, it is important that you convey why women go to the gyno in the first place.

  1. To Be Informed Explain that at the gynecologist, she can get accurate information and confidential answers to any questions she may have concerning sex, sexuality, her changing body, and menstruation.
  2. Prevention Your daughter should know that when she is ready to live a sexually active life, there are potential consequences that she wants to be prepared for. Your family’s OBGYN can teach your daughter how to prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and provide methods for her to have a healthy lifestyles.
  3. Treatment If your daughter does have some issues like missed periods, pain, or other reproductive problems, the doctor can look into why the problems are occurring and offer treatment. Approach the visit in a positive way.

 

Explain What Is Going To Happen When She Gets There.

Going to the gynecologist for the first time can be quite overwhelming. Preparing your daughter for what her initial exam entails is an excellent idea. Let her know that there are going to be several portions of her first visit. She should be prepared to answer all of the gynecologist’s questions truthfully and accurately during the medical history discussion. Having her prepared for all the physical exams is truly important. Explaining to her that the gynecologist is checking to make sure that she is healthy and developing properly should help put her at ease. Walking her through the process as specifically as possible will also help. Make her aware of all the procedures such as the breast exam, external and internal exams, and the pap smear.

Whenever you do decide to take your daughter to the gynecologist for the first time, assure her that it is something every woman does as they grow up. Remember that the staff of Stony Brook Women’s Health is always here for you to answer any of your questions and to make the process as comfortable as possible.