My First GYN Appointment on My Own
It’s time to go to your first GYN appointment alone and you probably have a million questions, such as: What will the doctor do? What will they ask? Will I have to get one of ‘those’ exams?READ TEEN GYN ARTICLES
As a young woman, it may feel scary to go to your first gynecological visit without your mom or someone to help guide you. We want to help put your mind at ease and explain what to expect and why it’s so important to get established with a GYN early on.
Why Seeing a GYN for Female Health is Better than a Pediatrician or Family Doctor
It’s important to understand the differences between a GYN and a pediatrician, or a general practitioner (family doctor).
Gynecologists are experts in female anatomy and are the most qualified to care for GYN needs. While pediatricians and general practitioners are important for other issues, they don’t receive the extensive, specific training that GYNs do when it comes to female health.
A GYN is Best Qualified to Pick Up on Female Health Problems
Seeing the right doctor — a GYN — can be lifesaving. We’ve seen cases time and time again where our GYNs find health issues that were overlooked by a pediatrician or family doctor. This is because GYNs receive an extra 4 years of training and are board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, making them the best qualified to pick up on signs of female health problems.
GYNs are also required to keep up with continuing education so they remain up-to-date on the latest OB/GYN health information.
Female health problems that may be overlooked by pediatricians or family doctors include:
- Types of cancers
- GYN diseases
- Hormonal imbalances
- Other disorders
Finding a Good ‘Fit’
Finding a doctor with the right qualifications in female health is extremely important to a young woman’s overall health. However, it’s also important to find a GYN that you feel comfortable with and cared for. Oftentimes, your friends and family can give you recommendations based on their experiences.
You may want to ask your friends and family the following questions:
- Why do they like their GYN?
- Do they feel heard?
- Are their concerns addressed in a non-judgmental, compassionate manner?
- Is their doctor board-certified?
- Is the location convenient for them?
5 Reasons to Get Established Early On with a GYN
There are many reasons a young woman should get established early on with a GYN. After all, she will likely have the same gynecologist for years to come. Following are just a few of those reasons:
1. A Trusting, Long-Lasting Relationship
We often see generations of women come to our clinic. The same doctor that delivered a baby will often help that ‘baby’ deliver their own baby. It’s a beautiful thing when you develop that bond with your doctor. Not only is this helpful in terms of your GYN intimately knowing your health history, but having that connection with your doctor can also help alleviate any anxiety you may feel.
2. Knowing What’s Normal
As a young woman, it’s important to know what’s normal when it comes to your gynecological health. Talking to your GYN about what’s considered normal — and/or abnormal — can help you know what to expect. Every young woman is different but having an established relationship with your GYN can help your doctor better understand and treat your particular issues.
Women often choose to stay with the same GYN for years is due to insurance issues. No one likes talking about insurance and for good reason; it’s stressful, policies can change from clinic to clinic in terms of coverage, and the entire process of changing practices can be daunting. Knowing what to expect when it comes to insurance can help give you peace of mind.
4. Learn Your Basic Health Information
Another good reason to visit a GYN before you may actually have a ‘reason’ to see one is so that you can figure out your basic health information. These may include:
- Your blood type
- If you’re allergic to anything, such as penicillin
- Help you figure out if or what contraception options are right for you.
5. Discussing Exercise and Mental Health
While you might not think to talk to your GYN about exercise or your mental health, our doctors treat patients as a whole. Taking care of your body and mind is very important to overall health so it’s a good idea to talk to your GYN if you’re experiencing any issues or have any concerns.
We’re Here For You
Choosing a GYN that’s right for you is important. We can help make your decision easier. Call us today at 770.720.7733 to make an appointment with one of our board-certified, compassionate GYNs or simply request an appointment online. We’re here for you!