We love getting to know our new patients. Below are some important steps to prepare for your OB/Gyn visit.
We understand that your first visit to our office or your first visit to a gynecologist can be a bit nerve-wracking. Being prepared for your visit will make you feel in control of the process and we promise, it will be a breeze. If you need to make an appointment, call 631-203-8893. Please have your insurance ID card as our staff will need information located on the card.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
When you come in, you will be greeted by our staff who will give you new patient forms to fill out.
Here are a few of the answers you will need to provide:
• Why did you schedule the gynecologist appointment
• Your family health history
• Your personal health history
• Medications, vitamins or supplements you are taking
• Any surgery you've had
• Whether you are sexually active
• Your age when you started menstruating and date of your most recent period
• Whether you smoke, drink alcohol or use illegal drugs
• The name of your primary care doctor
If you have any questions about gynecological symptoms like irregularities in your menstrual cycle, unusual vaginal or pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding or discharge, swelling, tenderness or changes in your breast, we encourage you to write them down to make sure that you get all your questions answered. You can discuss these with the doctor before the exam so that they may check for causes of your symptoms.
Once you are called into the treatment room, you will be asked to put on a hospital gown and one of our friendly medical assistants will measure and record your weight, pulse and blood pressure.
Then, the doctor will administer the exams necessary for your age and specific situation. Exams can include a breast exam, external vaginal exam and pelvic exam. If there is a need to schedule a mammogram, your doctor can prescribe that for you.
A pelvic exam may or may not be part of your first gynecological appointment. If it is, the doctor will use an instrument called a speculum to look inside your vagina and also use long cotton swabs to collect samples of cells and mucus to test for infection and a Pap smear, a test for cervical cancer. The position of your uterus, vagina, and ovaries are checked by hand unless a sonogram is needed.
After your exam, you will have the chance to discuss any concerns or questions that you have about a variety of topics, including menstruation, your body, and your sexual and reproductive health.
If you would like to learn more about birth control methods or to find out which one might be the best option for you, this is the perfect time to ask. There are no silly questions and we are here to discuss anything.
Ready? Schedule your appointment at South Bay Ob/Gyn by calling 631-203-8893.