If you’re coming for a gynecology checkup:
During your gynecology visit, you will begin just by chatting. This is an opportunity for our doctors to get to know you and inquire about your medical history. In addition, this is a chance for you to ask questions and bring up concerns that you may have about your health. It is normal to feel nervous, especially if it is your first visit.
You may or may not have a physical exam at your first visit with the gynecologist; the physical exam will be tailored to the reason for your visit, with age being an important factor. This may include a general physical exam, pelvic exam, breast exam, pap test, STD screening, and other tests.
Our doctors see patients of all ages. They believe that girls should begin having gynecology visits between the ages of 13 and 15, with pap smears starting at 21 years of age. It is important to see your gynecologist on an annual basis.
If you’re coming for a pregnancy visit:
May we start by saying…Congratulations!!! Ok, let’s move on to a few tips…
Your first prenatal visit should be between weeks 8 and 10 of your pregnancy. This will probably be your longest visit. You’ll get an official countdown or due date. You will begin just by chatting, with the goal of getting to know you and your partner’s medical history. During this time, you’ll talk to your doctor about what to expect during your pregnancy, one trimester at a time, separating facts from myths.
You will discuss several topics which will include the following: diet, exercise, nutrition, weight gain, prenatal vitamins, medications that can and can’t be taken, environmental hazards to be avoided, travel limitations; and most importantly, any high risk issues that may affect your pregnancy course.
This will be followed by a thorough physical exam, including a pelvic exam to assess the size of your uterus. Expect to leave a urine sample at your initial and all subsequent visits. You will also receive a requisition to complete blood work, all of which will be discussed at your visit.
Pregnancy can have a powerful effect on emotions, which can change by the minute. Our doctor’s role is not only to address and care for the physical well-being of a pregnant mother, but also to focus on a mother’s psychological and social well-being. They will take the time you need and stay with you until all of your questions are addressed.
We welcome fathers and any other friends and family that wish to be present during prenatal visits.
This page is dedicated to helping our patients find resources, whether online, or in print, to help them better understand their condition, pregnancy and more. Know of any good resources we haven't shared? Let us know!
Books For Reading:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
by Sharon Mazel and Heidi Murkoff
The Pregnancy Countdown Book
by Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi, M.D.
The Expectant Father
by Armin Brott and Jennifer Ash
What To Do When You’re Having Two
by Natalie Diaz
The Diaper Diaries
by Cynthia Copeland
A Woman’s Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause
by Mary Jane Minkin and Carol V. Wright, Ph.D.