Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The first visit to the gynecologist
Julie Jacobstein, a board-certified adolescent gyno with LifeBrige Health, has some tips you can pass on to your daughter:
--Explain why this visit is important, even though your daughter is not sick and has no complaint. This is a safe place to ask questions (without your mother being present). Often, the first time is just to establish a relationship--the "exam" part may not even take place.
--Tell your daughter this involves her medical history--including questions about whether she is sexually active. Also--bring your vaccination history.
--Explain the two parts of the exam. The breast exam and the pelvic exam. Emphasize that all this is over with quickly, which it is, although it can be a little uncomfortable--be honest.
--If your daughter wants to, discuss concerns beforehand--what if your child wants birth control--will she tell you or involve you in the types?
--After, ask her how it went. Your daughter may share a lot or gloss over it. Is she seems disturbed by the practitioner in any way--find a different doctor.
--Tell her this will be a regular part of her health care--get her used to it.
Those stirrups--every woman encounters them at some point.