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I'm 18. I want to start seeing a gynecologist. But I dnt want my mom to know. Do I have to pay out of pocket?

I'm 18. I want to start seeing a gynecologist. But I dnt want my mom to know. Do I have to pay out of pocket?

Planned Parenthood: At age 18 you are now an adult, and I congratulate you on taking responsibility for your sexuality and your health care. Planned Parenthood has a sliding scale fee schedule, or try a University Hospital associated clinic. ...Read more

Dr. Carol Major
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Obstetrics And Gynecology (Definition)

Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more


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My wife recently learned she is pregnant and she is not on medical aid we are willing to pay cash how often is she expected to visit gynecologist?

My wife recently learned she is pregnant and she is not on medical aid we are willing to pay cash how often is she expected to visit gynecologist?

Country differences: You would have to check with a obstetrician/gynecologist in your country as different countries have different expectations. ...Read more

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Hi. I am 31 years old married and have 1 kid. I was experiencing scanty periods since the last 3 months, although they came on time. This time, the flow was noticeably low and lasted for 1 day only. I went to the gynecologist and was diagnosed with hypert

Hi. I am 31 years old married and have 1 kid. I was experiencing scanty periods since the last 3 months, although they came on time. This time, the flow was noticeably low and lasted for 1 day only. I went to the gynecologist and was diagnosed with hypert

I: I wanted to start by reassuring you that hyperthyroidism is very treatable! The first step will be for your endocrinologist to determine the underlying cause of your hyperthyroidism. There are 3 main causes of hyperthyroidism: graves' disease, nodular goiter, or thyroiditis. The way to determine the type of hyperthyroidism you have is by checking a thyroid scan. Sometimes an additional blood test (called "tsi" -- looking for a specific type of thyroid antibody) can be helpful as well. There is a medication that can treat your hyperthyroidism that is well tolerated and generally considered to be safe when trying to conceive. Once your thyroid levels have normalized, you will have normal fertility so do not worry. It is very important for your health and the health of the baby to have normal thyroid levels when you conceive and during your pregnancy so you do want to be monitored carefully in the upcoming months. This is very treatable and would expect you'll do beautifully with appropriate therapy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. I would like to know for low sex drive in women if the best doctor is endocrinology or gynecologist?

Hello Dr. I would like to know for low sex drive in women if the best doctor is endocrinology or gynecologist?

Low sex drive: Causes of low sex drive in people are so varied I would start with the Family physician who knows the couple. It can be relative to a high sex drive in the male or unhappiness, fatigue, disease or, G-d forbid, a poor lover. The verdict is still out on the female Viagra (sildenafil). A sex therapist is a fair alternative. Check the Yellow Pages. ...Read more

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Can a gynecologist test you for STD without telling you, if you came in for routine yearly Pap smear? I am a self pay patient.

Can a gynecologist test you for STD without telling you, if you came in for routine yearly Pap smear? I am a self pay patient.

It could happen: Because almost everybody is supposed to get routine screenings for STD's, it becomes so "normal" to do it for almost all patients that it would be easy for a doctor or nurse to forget to mention that the tests are being done. For example, a nurse might count a patient's pulse without ever saying that she is counting the pulse. ...Read more

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I need a gynecologist but I don't have insurance do you know of any that will see me with no insurance?

I need a gynecologist but I don't have insurance do you know of any that will see me with no insurance?

Yes: See a nurse practioner at a planned parenthood clinic. They are very reliable and knowledgeable. Best of all, it is not expensive to get care there. And usually they have a doctor on staff or by referral that
has reduced prices for patients
search on your favorite or google: planned parenthood........ ...Read more

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I am 17 and I haven't gone to the gynecologist yet or had a vaginal exam should I go or wait I will be 18 in a month?

I am 17 and I haven't gone to the gynecologist yet or had a vaginal exam should I go or wait I will be 18 in a month?

Obgyn visit: If you are sexually active or having a Gynecologic problem then schedule a visit. Birth control counseling and STD testing can be done. If you are not sexually active and just asking about timing of a first Obgyn visit then the answer is different. Routine pap smear testing begins at 21. HPV vaccination should be done. ...Read more

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I need a gynecologist in my area?

I need a gynecologist in my area?

Research: To find a gynecologist (or any other physician), there are several ways to go about getting the info you need. Ask your friends who they use, go the the local hospital's website and click on "find a doctor, " contact the local medical association, or go to the website for those board certified specialties. For gynecologist, the american college of obstetricians & gynecologists, www. Acog. Org. ...Read more

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How could a gynecologist help me?

How could a gynecologist help me?

In many ways: Seeing your gyn every year is a good idea. Though there are discussions in the literature about the need for yearly pap smears, it is prudent to see your gyn for a complete breast and pelvic exam, as well as to review your needs re: birth control, calcium/ vit d intake, breast self exam, diet, exercise, and to have a second set of eyes, in addition to your pmd, to evaluate you for non-gyn issues. ...Read more

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Can going to the gynecologist hurt?

Should not: Be too uncomfortable depending on what your situation is, most gyns take pride in not trying to cause pain when they do a pelvic exam, I rec going to a board certified experienced gyn. ...Read more

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I need advice from a gynecologist?

I need advice from a gynecologist?

Here to Help: There are many Gynecologist here on Healthtap. We are here to help. You may ask general questions here or you can schedule a virtual visit with an healthtap Obgyn at your convenience anytime. ...Read more

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When should I go to a gynecologist?

When should I go to a gynecologist?

Age 18: I usually recommend a appointment with a gynecologist by age 18 or prior to a woman becoming sexually active; sooner if there are any menstrual problems. ...Read more

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What exams do you take at a gynecologist?

What exams do you take at a gynecologist?

Depends on your age: Typically, no pelvic or breast exam is needed for a teen. Birth control can be safely prescribed. Blood pressure is routinely checked, however. A vaginal infection will, however, require a minimal exam.
In the early 20's on up, a breast and pelvic exam, with pap test is standard.
There has recently been some adjustments as to the frequency of pap tests, as well as starting and stopping ages. ...Read more

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What to expect when going to gynecologist?

Depends: What happens at a Gyn visit depends on how old you are and why you are going. Most Gyns won't do a pap until age 21 and STD testing can often be done using urine. If you do need an exam, a nurse will be present. Its usually very quick and allows your Gyn to swab the cervix and vagina for certain tests. If it is your first visit, most docs will show you what they are going to do. Best wishes! ...Read more

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When should you first go to the gynecologist?

When should you first go to the gynecologist?

Varies: After first sexual activity regardless of age. The recommendation is 18 or 21 depending upon who you read or what guidelines you follow. At any age if there are issues in the lower genital tract. ...Read more

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How often should you go to your gynecologist?

How often should you go to your gynecologist?

Depends: Preventive female healthcare in the US needs a pelvic exam, Pap test, and Mammogram once a year. A primary care doctor can do this in the US.
So here either a Ob Gyn or primary care doctor once a year for a complete female physical in a healthy person is normal. ...Read more

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Do all gynecologists have to help with labor?

Do all gynecologists have to help with labor?

No: Some docs specialize in gynecology only. They do not deliver babies. Others specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. These docs both deliver babies and do gynecology surgery. ...Read more

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How often should a woman go to a gynecologist?

How often should a woman go to a gynecologist?

Yearly: Seeing your gyn every year is a good idea. Though there are discussions in the literature about the need for yearly pap smears, it is prudent to see your gyn for a complete breast and pelvic exam, as well as to review your needs re: birth control, calcium/ vit d intake, breast self exam, diet, exercise, and to have a second set of eyes, in addition to your pmd, to evaluate you for non-gyn issues. ...Read more

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What will happen at a gynecologist appointment?

What will happen at a gynecologist appointment?

First GYN Exam: Your first GYN visit should start w/ a medical history where you go into detail about your pregnancies and sexual history. Your GYN will likely perform a full physical, including breast and pelvic exam where he/she will feel for your uterus and ovaries to ensure there are no abnormalities. A speculum exam with Pap will then look for cancer/infections. Make sure you talk about birth control! ...Read more

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What is the best way to find a good gynecologist?

What is the best way to find a good gynecologist?

Ask questions.: A gynecologist certified by the american board of obstetrics and gynecology is qualified to provide care. A good gynecologist will be willing to answer your questions. ...Read more

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What happens during your first gynecologist exam?

What happens during your first gynecologist exam?

First gyn exam: Completion of physical - height/weight, head neck, heart and lung exam. Check of abdomen and instruction and exam of breasts. Pelvic exam by speculum and manual exam.
Al exams would be with answering questions. ...Read more

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How old do you need to be to go to a gynecologist?

How old do you need to be to go to a gynecologist?

As early as: Early teens, if you are sexually active or having other gyn issues... ...Read more

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At what age should a female go see a gynecologist?

At what age should a female go see a gynecologist?

Depends on situation: If a woman has no gynecological problems: no probs w/periods, not sexually active, doesn't have pain, or need birth control - they may not see their gynecologist until age 21 (when the first pap smear is recommended now). But for any problems - they can see a gynecologist - at any age, for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can I expect from my first gynecologist exam?

What can I expect from my first gynecologist exam?

Annual exam: Assuming it is a routine exam with no problems, your gynecologist will first meet with you to take your personal history. He will then examine you. This will include a pelvic examination which includes the insertion of a small instument into your vagina so he can see, the taking of a pap smear, and the insertion of his fingers into your vagina to feel for any abnormalities. It is painless. ...Read more

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When should a lady get her first gynecologist exam?

When should a lady get her first gynecologist exam?

Depends: Most recommend pelvic exams by 21 or within two years of starting sexual activity. Some peds/adolescent med/fps provide these services as part of ongoing care of their patient population. Any sexual activity requires surveylance for std's. Your primary care provider may refer you for specific consultations when necessary. ...Read more