If you’ve just opened your butterfly wings and transformed from a child to a young woman, chances are your lady bits are doing some interesting things. Any young woman who has started menstruating needs to start thinking about her reproductive health. You should plan a quick checkup with the doctor specialized in this work, who is a gynecologist. A gynecologist is specialized in woman’s health and her reproductive organs. A gynecologist can also be an obstetrician, and therefore is also involved both in pregnancy and in helping women deliver their babies.
A gynecologist is also an expert in any kind of disease of the female reproductive system, including the breasts and the urinary system. Once you have become an adult woman, it is a good idea to have a specialized gynecologist examination to check your reproductive health. Your doctor will also refer you to the gynecologist if you have any problems. If you have anything like painful periods or burning pee, then you need to see a gynecologist.
The idea can be scary but preparing for the first time will make the whole thing much easier. If you know what to expect you can also fit in some time for some questions of your own. It might be the first time that you strip down to the buff and expose your nether regions to someone you have never met, but your gynecologist has seen and examined the genitals and breasts of hundreds of women.
Really, your gynecologist has seen all shapes and sizes. They will not be fazed by anything you have to show them. So now is the time to take the plunge and go and get checked out. After all, having peace of mind is way better than feeling a bit shy and if you know what to expect you will get the most from your appointment.
1. What to say when you set up the appointment
You need to phone your gynecologist’s office and ask for an appointment. It helps if you can be specific. Think about what you are going there for. If you have just started menstruating, you might need reassurance that all of your reproductive system is functioning. A girl can start her periods anywhere between 8 and 15 years. Your periods will normally start around two years after your breasts have started developing and you have armpit hair. Armpit hair is the first sign that your menarche or very first period will be arriving.
You should probably have your first checkup within two years of the arrival of all of these. If you already have breasts and armpit hair and your period has not yet arrived within a year, then you should also go to the gynecologist for a checkup. You might have amenorrhea, which is an absence of periods.
You should also see your gynecologist if your period has changed in any way, if you have more or less bleeding than usual, or if you have more painful or irregular periods. The average cycle is 28 days, but cycles range between 21 and 35 days. You cycle could be different, especially because an adolescents cycle needs time to settle down. It could even be a 45-day cycle to start with.
You also need to be clear about what else you might need to know from your gynecologist. If you need to explore any birth control options, now is the time to ask. There are many different options available, and your gynecologist will be able to tell you what is most suited to you. They discuss any issues with you, and if you are prepared, then you will be able to use the time profitably.