FAQ

1. When should I come to the gynaecologist for the first time?

 

There's no fixed age for that.
Most girls decide for themselves when it is time for their first visit.

Either when problems occur:

Pain during the period

if the period is irregular or suddenly missing

if the period of 16 years has not yet come

in discharge, pain or itching in the genital area

severe acne / skin problems

when contraception is important

for breast problems

 

Or even:

if you have general questions about physical development or would like to have information material

easy to get to know

If there are no complaints, it is ideal, for example, to come before the first sexual intercourse. Then contraceptive methods can be discussed in detail and an examination can be carried out to determine whether there might be any problems with the hymen. This is also an important time to address sexually transmitted diseases and to receive meaningful vaccinations (e.g. vaccination against cervical carcinoma, hepatitis B, measles/mumps/rubella, chickenpox, whooping cough) especially against sexually transmitted diseases.

 

 

2. Preparation for the appointment

 

Please bring your insurance card, the practice fee or bank transfer if applicable, as well as all documents from previous surgeries. In addition, laboratory values, medication, maternity record, allergy pass, vaccination pass, cycle calendar, etc.; it will make it easier for us and you to give advice.

At the first appointment we routinely ask you about the very first period as a girl, pregnancies, operations, as well as the time of the last menstrual period, so that you can think about these things beforehand.

You may also want to make a list of key points you would like to address.

Wash yourself as usual with water or a mild lotion and remove the tampon. Ointments and vaginal suppositories should not be introduced the evening before, as it often makes it difficult to make an accurate diagnosis.

Put on as comfortable clothes as possible, perhaps a long T-shirt, so that you don't feel so naked even without panties. Some women also bring socks so that they don't have to walk barefoot over the floor.

 

 

3. How does the examination work?

 

Of course, we are aware that for some patients, going to a gynaecologist can be associated with anxiety.

That is why it is very important for us to build up a trusting and human relationship right from the start.

First we usually have a conversation in the consulting room, then we go together to a neighbouring examination room, where the upcoming treatment takes place as discreetly and carefully as possible.

We will then explain the exact examination procedure to you in detail.

As a rule, an examination of the sex organs on the gynaecological examination chair as well as a palpation examination of the breast is carried out. If necessary, a cytological smear is taken (early detection of cancer).

This may be followed by an ultrasound examination of the abdominal wall or vagina.

After all examinations are finished, we go back to the consulting room for the final discussion, possibly prescription and referral issue.

The cytological smear is then sent to a special laboratory. The evaluation usually takes 10- 14 days.

 

 

4. Is the examination also possible for virginity / children?

 

There is a multitude of gynaecological examination possibilities and instruments, especially for young girls, whereby the hymen remains intact. However, many complaints can also initially be clarified by means of an ultrasound examination through the abdominal wall.

 

5. Is the examination painful?

 

The examination itself is usually not painful, only unusual. It is usually over in a few minutes. Rest assured that we make every effort to examine you as carefully as possible. Our comfortable examination chairs also contribute to this.

 

6. Is a gynaecological examination always carried out the first time?

 

The gynaecological examination is not a compulsory part of the first visit to the gynaecologist - provided that there are no symptoms that need to be clarified. Even before the first pill is prescribed, a gynaecological examination is not absolutely necessary. Often the main focus is on the information talk with the young girls. We often start with an ultrasound examination of the abdominal wall. We get an overview of the internal organs and the patient can follow this on the screen.

 

 

7. Am I always cared for by the same doctor?

 

Yes, in your and our interest every doctor has her own patients, so you always have a constant contact person. If, however, you should have a regular contact person during training or holiday periods

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