You might have heard a lot about people going to the gyno. It’s one of those things that’s considered a bit awkward so people are naturally going to be very curious about it. There is a lot of information out there including important questions you should ask your gynecologist, surprising things that can happen, and what the exams are really like. Of course, there are also some embarrassing stories. What sometimes is missed is one of the most obvious questions: Do you need to go to the gynecologist if you’re a virgin?
If you’ve been wondering about it, I’m here to give you some points to consider so your decision will hopefully be a bit easier. Here’s the deal on whether you need to go to the gynecologist if you’re still a virgin.
Do I really need to go to a gyno if I’m not having sex?
People often associate going to the gynecologist with sexual health and pregnancy, but a trip to the gynecologist isn’t just about practicing safe sex or helping moms-to-be. It’s also about vagina health and your health in general. Girlshealth.gov reports that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends girls start visiting a gyno between the ages of 13 and 15.
Wow. How come?
The guidelines are for a number of reasons. When you go the gyno when you’re going through puberty, they can make sure that everything is developing as it should. Plus, your gynecologist will be able to answer any questions you might have and teach you how to look after your body. You might have a doctor who will teach you about protection. Even if you’re not intending to have sex anytime soon, it’s important to have the information earlier rather than later.
So, I’m clearly late to the party. Am I in trouble?
There’s no need to panic. You might have gone to a general health doctor or your family doctor when you were going through puberty so that is still helpful. If you didn’t, the important thing is that you’re thinking about going to the gynecologist now.
I’m still not having sex. Should I go?
First of all, let’s be clear. What do you define sex as? Putting the penis in the vagina? Some experts suggest going to the gynecologist if you’re engaging in any kind of sex (i.e. oral, anal, vaginal) and/or if you’re having intimate contact with someone else.
Are there any other reasons that aren’t related to sex?
If you have any changes down there, you should actually be booking an appointment with a gyno or at least your family doctor. Things to watch out for include changes in your menstrual cycle such as missed periods, extreme changes in flow, extra-long periods etc. You will also want to go visit your gyno if it feels painful down there or you discharge suddenly changes and takes on a weird color and/or smell.
Other reasons do go to the gyno are if you haven’t gotten your period but you’ve had other symptoms of puberty for a few years, you have unexplained stomach pain, or you’ve recently had sex.
What if my parents aren’t into the idea of me going to the gyno?
This can be a tricky one, but try to speak honestly with them. Emphasize that going to the gynecologist is what’s best for your health and that you want to be proactive about things. Try to give your points in a calm fashion and resist the urge to yell or sto,p as that won’t do you any favors. If they’re not down with the idea, speak to your doctor, or consider having someone else take you like an older sister, aunt, grandma, etc.
When do you think you should start going to see a gynecologist? Let us know in the comments!
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