Going to the gynecologist can be a little scary, even if you’ve been there a million times before. Going to the gynecologist for the first time? That can definitely be overwhelming. And not knowing what to expect makes that feeling even worse.
Tons of thoughts are probably running through your head: what is the doctor going to do to me? Is this going to hurt? Are my parents going to find out if I’m a virgin or not?
The truth about visiting the gyno? It’s not as bad as it seems. Sure, it might be a little uncomfortable, and we’d never say we’re looking forward to it, but it’s super important that every woman goes to the gyno in order to make sure that they’re healthy. Once you have your first visit, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend you going once a year.
So when should you make your first trip to the gyno? Either between the ages of 13-15, or whenever you become sexually active. If you’ve already started having sex and haven’t gone, please make an appointment – it’s really important for your sexual health. And if you’re feeling really nervous? Well, that’s exactly why we’ve put together this guide!