Before The Visit Prep
Do A Little Research: The first thing you need to think about is finding a doctor that feels right for you. You’re going to be spilling on some pretty intimate sexual and personal information, so it’s important to have a gyno you like and trust. While it’s totally fine to have a male doctor, having a female doctor makes a lot of girls feel more comfortable.
Talk to your mom or your friends about where they go. You’ll probably feel better going to a doctor that you know someone else close to you likes. If you don’t want to ask them, you can ask your regular doctor for a recommendation, or you can most likely find resources through your school nurse. And if you don’t have good health insurance, or you don’t want your parents to find out, you can go to a Planned Parenthood in your area.
What To Ask On The Phone: When you call to make an appointment, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ask. First, if you know you want a female doctor, let the receptionist know. It’s totally fine and normal to ask for that.
Ask about being on your period during the appointment. Most doctors would prefer that you didn’t come in while you have it, so make sure to schedule your appointment accordingly. You’ll also have to tell the receptionist why you’re coming. Feel free to tell her it’s your first time – she’ll know what to do. Make sure to mention if you want an STD test or if you’re experiencing some kind of discomfort down there. And there’s no reason to feel weird about that. As embarrassing at it may seem, vaginal discomfort is normal and nothing to be ashamed of.
Lastly, make sure to ask about their confidentiality policies. Most doctors won’t tell anyone (including your parents) anything you tell them during your appointment. BUT there are a few doctors who only have that policy if you’re 18 or older, so before you go, make sure you know what’s up.