up is a wonderful thing! You have more freedom and are able to do more
exciting things. With that freedom comes more responsibility and that
includes taking care of your body.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that a
girl make her first visit to a gynecologist when she is between the ages of
13 and 15. Not all girls will need a pelvic exam during this initial visit,
though. Many gynecologists will just do a regular health exam and talk to
the girl about her development. Certainly by the time you're 18 you should
have a pelvic exam. You should also get one when you become sexually active.
You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It's very normal to be
anxious about something when you don't know what to expect. Hopefully after
reading this information, you will be reassured that it is simple, isn't
painful and takes only about 5 minutes. It is also normal to feel
embarrassed or uneasy about your first exam. However, if you know what to
expect, it may help you relax. Your health care provider understands how you
feel and will be sensitive and gentle, and answer any questions you have.
All models depicted on this website are well over
21 years old.