At what age do I have to start to go to a gynaecologist?
It should be encouraged that teenage girls between the ages of around 13 to 15 should visit the gynaecologist for the first time. This is really to establish a trust and relationship with the doctor and not actually for an examination unless one is deemed to be needed.
It is also very important for all women of childbearing age to take care of their reproductive health thereafter. Many women can feel a sense of embarrassment at having intimate examinations but the good points to these far outweigh the bad.
If you are of an age where you have been sexually active and are over the age of 20 then it is very important for you to go for a regular pap test and pelvic examination. If you are sexually active and under this age, there is a grey area with regards to the result of a pap smear as the cervical sells are immature and therefore difficulty to analyse.
However it is of immense importance for young women as well as older ladies to use barrier contraception in order to keep themselves healthy and free from the HPV virus which is connected to cervical cancer. Young teenagers are far more susceptible to this viruses effects than older women. It is also important to listen to your doctor and to go for pap tests when he recommends you go. This is usually once every three years. Some ladies opt to have yearly private tests and examinations which is to be encouraged if one has the funds.
If you have any problems relating to unusual vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods or after sexual intercourse you should see your gynaecologist. Also if there is anything which is worrying you which relates to any aspect of your reproductive system then go and talk it over with your doctor. They will have seen and heard everything and are unshockable. It is their job to look after your health and they are completely non-judgemental.
It is not worth risking your health for the sake of a little embarrassment and it is a fact that the biggest single reason that women contract cervical cancer is due to failing to get a pap smear. Stay healthy and visit your gynaecologist.