During a gynecology appointment, you can discuss any questions or concerns about your body or contraception options. If you’re anticipating your first appointment with one of our caring providers, you can expect the following.
At the beginning of the appointment, your Moreland healthcare provider will help create a comfortable, confidential, and supportive environment. They may ask about your school activities, general well-being, and any questions or concerns you want to address during your visit.
Your doctor will ask about your medical history, including past or present conditions, surgeries, mental health, and lifestyle factors. Family history of certain cancers or other medical issues will be discussed, as well as your menstrual cycle and sexual activity.
At the start of the physical exam, your doctor or nurse will check your vitals, like heartbeat and blood pressure. Your doctor will examine your breasts, abdomen, and pelvis. If you have been sexually active, your doctor will administer a pelvic exam to check your vagina and other reproductive organs for any abnormalities or signs of infection. A speculum, which is a plastic or metal instrument, will be inserted into the vagina to open the vaginal walls so your doctor can assess your cervix and vagina.
During the exam, your doctor will place gloved fingers into the vagina while pressing on your lower belly to check the size and shape of your uterus and ovaries. A pap smear may be conducted during the exam to check for cervical cancer. After the pelvic exam, your doctor can discuss any unusual findings. If a pap smear is administered, those results will take a few days.