Gynecology in West Orange

What is a gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a doctor who is specialized in care for women, particularly in all matters having to do with the reproductive system of females. At Women’s First Health Center, an Axia Women’s Health Care Center, we are committed to providing women with a comfortable and welcoming environment where they can receive optimal standards of care.

When should I start seeing a gynecologist?

Girls should visit a gynecologist for the first time around the age of 15 or after getting their first menstrual period. Also, do not schedule a visit when you are expected to be menstruating.

Can I bring someone with me to my visit?

Of course! We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your visit. If that means you prefer to have a parents or other trusted individual in the room with you, that is completely okay with us.

How can I prepare for my visit?

You and your family’s medical history is something that you should be knowledgeable about. Reviewing this information with a parent and writing down notes can help with paper work that you will be asked to fill out in the office.
For your convenience, we provide our patients with the option of reviewing our downloadable forms online and bringing them along to their visit. If you choose to fill them out in the office, please have them done 15 minutes ahead of your appointment time.

What questions will I be asked?

Here is a list of standard questions that may be asked at your first visit:

  • When was your last period?
  • Are you having any problems with your period? (Such as pain, heavy bleeding or irregular cycles)
  • Are you/have you ever been sexually active? (Includes vaginal, anal or oral sex)
  • Are you using birth control? If so, what kind and since when?
  • Have you ever had an STD/STI? If so, which and when?
  • Do you have any concerns including discharge, itchiness or other discomfort in the vaginal area?
  • Is there any suspicion that you may be pregnant?
What can I expect at my first visit?

Once you and your doctor have gotten to know each other and all questions are answered, you will be asked to undress into a paper top and bottom. Exams are the next part of your visit:

Breast Exam in Essex County

Your doctor will lightly press down on various areas of the breasts, checking for abnormal lumps, cysts or other problems. This procedure is standard in breast cancer screening.

Pelvic Exam in Essex County

Lying back on the examination table, your doctor will first feel the organs from the outside by pressing on your lower stomach. Placing your legs on stirrups, a speculum is used to slightly open up the vagina to examine the cervix. The internal organs are examined with a gloved hand by inserting two fingers into the vagina.

What else can I discuss with my gynecologist?

Although not generally part of your first visit, you may receive STD/STI testing if you wish. This is also the perfect time to explore birth control options, discuss any changes in emotions or weight, or any other health concerns that you may have.

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