When Should Females Start Visiting a Gynecologist?

As a gynecologist, you know every woman needs to be examined to maintain good health. A standard examination is recommended for adult women of all ages; however, some females may need to pay a visit to the gynecologist for specific reasons. They may be treated for irregular menstration patterns, treated for a sexually transmitted disease, or even screened for different cancers. Nonetheless, visiting a gynecologist should be an important aspect of every woman’s healthcare plan.

That being said, many females who have not seen a gynecologist before may ask the question, “When should I start visiting a gynecologist?”

According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, parents should consider scheduling an appointment with a gynecologist when their daughter is between the ages of 13 to 15. These early visits can simply introduce the teenager to the changes her body will begin to experience, including menstration and hormone development. Typically, gynecologists will use this introductory visit to learn more about the patient and prepare her for future examinations. The patient can use this visit as an opportunity to get to know her doctor and the standard gynecological procedures in place to keep her healthy. She may want to discuss menstrual cramps, acne, changes in weight, sex, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol, drugs, and hormonal changes. Conversely, some females may choose to completely abstain from seeing a gynecologist until they are sexually active.

At 21 years old, women are encouraged to start scheduling annual Pap tests. These Pap tests, also called Pap smears, screen women for cancers and precancers located in the cervix. The Pap test begins with a standard pelvic exam and ends with the physician extracting a sample of cells from the patient’s cervix.

If you are scheduled to see a first-time patient, be sure to keep a few key points in mind. First-time patients have unclear expectations of a gynecologist visit. They may not know how their own female bodies function, let alone the inner workings of a gynecologist’s office. Answer the patient’s questions with patience and sympathy. Additionally, the patient might show signs of physical or emotional discomfort. Alleviate her concerns by providing tools that will keep her as comfortable as possible. This may include a medical device like a speculum.

Cyalume Medical has introduced innovative technology to transform the way a gynecologist treats a patient during her early visits. The SpecuLume EZ, a single-use speculum with chemiluminescence, creates a more simplified experience for the physician and patient. It streamlines the interaction between the patient and the physician as it comes pre-sterilized, so onsite team members do not have to worry about completing routine sterilization processes. Additionally, its single middle bolt silently elevates and securely locks the upper blade, eliminating the annoying ratcheting noise other speculums may create.

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