Your First Gyno Visit

Tampons, cramps, periods -- oh, the joys of becoming a woman! Adding to that "fun" list of rites of passage is your first trip to the gynecologist, which is something that I bet most of you who haven't been already are not especially looking forward to. But that inaugural visit should come sooner than you think. According to an updated Committee Opinion of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, your first visit to the "woman doctor," should come between the ages of 13 and 15. But before visions of stirrups and speculums dance through your head, know that this visit doesn't have to include a pelvic exam.

The point of going to a gynecologist at this age is to simply talk and discuss any issues or questions you may have about your health. So instead of googling "is ____ normal?" and winding up on some shady site with misinformation, you can ask your doctor about it.

Think of your doc as a really trustworthy wikipedia with good bedside manner.