At what age should I have my first gyn exam?
Unless there is a medical problem, you should have your first pelvic exam around the age of 21 years or sooner if you begin sexual activity.
When should I get my first mammogram?
Women age 40 and older should have mammograms. However, the likelihood of developing breast cancer is higher if a close blood relative has been diagnosed with the disease, especially if they were diagnosed before the age of 50. Likewise, women who began having their periods before the age of 12 or who went through menopause after the age of 55 are at higher risk, as are women who had their first child after age 30 or who never had a child. If you believe you may be at a higher risk, ask your physician when you should start being examined.
What special concerns can be discussed with my ob-gyn?
Many young women share the same health concerns. Our team is here to help you and answer your questions related to women’s health. Most of these concerns are a normal part of growing up:
- Cramps and problems with menstrual periods
- Sex and sexuality
- Birth control
- Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
- Emotional ups and downs
What do I do if I missed one or two days of birth control pills?
First, read the instructions that came with your pill. Generally speaking, if you miss one pill, take two pills the next day. If you miss two pills, take two pills on each of the next two days. It’s best to use a backup contraception method such as condoms for the remainder of the month.
I have gone through menopause but am experiencing spotting or bleeding. What should I do?
Call the doctor’s office and speak with the nurse or doctor about your symptoms.
What should I do if I think I have a vaginal infection or a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
Call our office to schedule an exam.
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