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If you’re a teenager 16 years or older, it may be time to consider seeing a medical professional who specializes in the needs of young women. At Oakdale ObGyn, you will see a women’s health specialist. Our team includes doctors, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners. To find a provider who is a fit for you, review their bios.

By choosing to see a women’s health specialist, you’ll gain the confidence you need to talk about your health and wellness concerns with someone who understands the unique needs of girls and women.

Your First GYN Appointment: What to Expect

When you’re ready to see an Oakdale ObGyn specialist, you can book an appointment online or by phone. Your first appointment will be about 30 minutes and and is a chance for you and your women’s health specialist to get acquainted. You can expect some personal questions about your general health, your period, and your sexual health.

Most first appointments include:

  • a general exam, which is similar to a sports or school exam (height, weight, blood pressure, and listen to your breathing)
  • education about your body, and talk about what is normal and what’s not
  • note: PAP smears are not performed at this exam unless you are over the age of 21.

You might also talk about:

  • Your period, cramps, and any other problems you may be experiencing
  • Acne
  • Weight
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Human papilloma virus and the vaccine
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Emotional ups and downs, or depression
  • Domestic violence by a family member or significant other

Annual GYN Exams

After your first GYN exam, you will see your women’s health specialist once a year for medical history updates and a general exam.

Common Questions

When is the best time for a teen to begin seeing a gynecologist (GYN)? A lot of women have that question. And, what can you and your daughter expect at the first GYN exam?

Here are some common questions we hear at the clinic, and answers about what to expect.

When should a teen see a GYN doctor or nurse midwife for the first time?
That can depend on a variety of factors, but most young women see a GYN doctor or nurse midwife for the first time in their mid to late teens (14-18). Many see a family practice doctor or pediatrician up until their first pelvic exam is necessary. At that point, some teens decide to transition their care to a GYN. However, many girls remain with their current provider, sometimes into their early 20s.

Why see a GYN for well-woman care?
GYN doctors and nurse midwives specialize in women’s health care and in women’s bodies. As a resource, they offer anatomy and sexuality education, provide routine screenings and pelvic exams, and answer questions about a woman’s body.

What should I expect at my first GYN visit?
Your first visit usually includes a physical, answering questions, and general education. It usually does not include a pelvic exam unless there is a medical concern.

If you do need a pelvic exam, your provider will walk you through the process and answer your questions before the exam even begins. The exam only takes a few minutes and it’s almost never as uncomfortable or scary as women think it will be.

Are you having any problems with your period or have female health-related questions?
Problems or gynecological concerns may be out of the scope of your primary provider’s practice and her or she may refer you to a GYN specialist.

Are you sexually active?
Ideally, you should have your first visit with a women’s health care provider BEFORE you have sex, but certainly once you become sexually active. GYN doctors and nurse midwives are pros at sexuality education and in offering birth control options that are right for you.

What about my privacy?
GYN doctors and nurse midwives provide one-to-one care in the exam room and whatever is discussed remains confidential. In fact, this is Minnesota state law. Your health care decisions are also completely confidential.

Get Started

Call 763-587-7000 or book an appointment online and see a women’s health specialist at one of four convenient clinics. We are excited for you to begin your health journey and can’t wait to meet you.

When you’re ready to see an Oakdale ObGyn specialist, you can book an appointment online or by phone. Your first appointment will be about 30 minutes and and is a chance for you and your women’s health specialist to get acquainted. You can expect some personal questions about your general health, your period, and your sexual health.

Most first appointments include:

  • a general exam, which is similar to a sports or school exam (height, weight, blood pressure, and listen to your breathing)
  • education about your body, and talk about what is normal and what’s not
  • note: PAP smears are not performed at this exam unless you are over the age of 21.

You might also talk about:

  • Your period, cramps, and any other problems you may be experiencing
  • Acne
  • Weight
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Human papilloma virus and the vaccine
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Emotional ups and downs, or depression
  • Domestic violence by a family member or significant other
  • Annual GYN Exams
  • After your first GYN exam, you will see your women’s health specialist once a year for medical history updates and a general exam.
What to Expect

When you’re ready to see an Oakdale ObGyn specialist, you can book an appointment online or by phone. Your first appointment will be about 30 minutes and and is a chance for you and your women’s health specialist to get acquainted. You can expect some personal questions about your general health, your period, and your sexual health.

Most first appointments include:

  • a general exam, which is similar to a sports or school exam (height, weight, blood pressure, and listen to your breathing)
  • education about your body, and talk about what is normal and what’s not
  • note: PAP smears are not performed at this exam unless you are over the age of 21.

You might also talk about:

  • Your period, cramps, and any other problems you may be experiencing
  • Acne
  • Weight
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Human papilloma virus and the vaccine
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Emotional ups and downs, or depression
  • Domestic violence by a family member or significant other
  • Annual GYN Exams
  • After your first GYN exam, you will see your women’s health specialist once a year for medical history updates and a general exam.
Video: First GYN Visit

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