What to Expect During Your First Visit to the Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Dr. Peter A Khamvongsa is an OB/GYN specialist that has helped countless women through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Your first visit to the OB/GYN can be a little nerve-wracking, but it is an important step towards taking control of your reproductive health. Here’s what you can expect during your first visit.

Medical History and Physical Exam

When you first arrive at the OB/GYN’s office, you will be asked to fill out a medical history form that will ask about your past medical conditions, surgeries, medications, and family medical history. This information will give your doctor a better understanding of your overall health and any potential risk factors.

After completing the medical history form, you will undergo a physical exam. Your doctor will check your height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse. They will also perform a breast exam and pelvic exam to check for any abnormalities. It is important to note that a pelvic exam is not necessary for all patients during their first visit and your doctor will discuss this with you beforehand.

Discussion About Birth Control

Your OB/GYN will likely discuss birth control options with you during your first visit. They will evaluate your medical history and lifestyle to help you determine the best method of birth control for you. Some common birth control options include the pill, patch, IUD, and implant. Your doctor will explain each method and answer any questions you may have.

STD Testing

It is important to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) regularly, especially if you are sexually active. Your OB/GYN may recommend STD testing during your first visit or discuss a testing schedule with you. STD testing may involve a blood test, urine test, or swab of the genital area.

Pap Smear

A pap smear is a test that checks for abnormal cells on the cervix that may indicate cervical cancer. Your OB/GYN may perform a pap smear during your first visit or discuss when you should have your first one. Pap smears are typically recommended for women starting at age 21 or when they become sexually active.

Questions and Concerns

Your OB/GYN is there to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your reproductive health. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or bring up any concerns during your visit. Your doctor can provide guidance on topics such as pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, and more.

Follow-Up Visit

After your initial visit, your OB/GYN will likely schedule a follow-up appointment. This appointment will allow your doctor to monitor your reproductive health and address any concerns that may arise. It is important to keep up with regular appointments to ensure your reproductive health stays on track.

The thought of visiting an OB/GYN for the first time can be intimidating, but it is an important step towards taking control of your reproductive health. Remember to ask questions, express any concerns you may have, and follow your doctor’s recommendations. With the help of your OB/GYN, you can stay on top of your reproductive health and ensure a healthy future.