Your First OB/Gyn Appointment
Scott Partridge, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Ariz..
Question: What typically goes on at your first ob/gyn appointment?
I am 18 years old and have just scheduled my first ob/gyn appointment. What should I expect?
Answer: During your first visit in our office, you will be interviewed by a medical assistant, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or physician to gather as much of your medical history as possible. The medical history helps the provider understand what has been going on with your health in the past, and identify any symptoms or concerns you may have now.
You will be left in the room for a few moments to give you privacy to change into an examination gown.
Prior to beginning the exam, your health care provider will explain the process to you. Most first appointments include:
- a general physical exam, including heart, lungs and abdomen
- a breast exam
- a pelvic exam.
The pelvic exam includes a physical examination and a pap smear test. The pap smear is a way to examine cells from the cervix for the presence of infection, inflammation or other abnormalities. Both the physical exam and the pap smear are used to determine your gynecological health.
Feel free to share with your provider any questions, comments, or concerns you have. An open dialogue will help your physician determine how to most effectively care for you. Physician offices may conduct first appointments slightly differently. Be sure to check with your personal physician for more information.
Reviewed August 2010