Doctor/patient confidentiality laws for females under 18 vary from state to state, so you might want to call the gynecologist in advance and ask them what their rules are.
I am 20, and I just went for my first time. When I filled out my forms, there was a spot for a parent to sign if patient is under 18. So I guess technically, you are supposed to have the forms complete when your parent signs, but you can probably get her signature before you answer the question about being sexually active, but again call your gynecologist.
As for what happens. I think the most important thing to tell you is that it lasts like less than 5 minutes. When I was in your shoes asking the same question, everyone tells you everything that happens & I was imagining this like 1/2 hour ordeal of poking at my vagina & I was so horrified/nervous! I really wish someone had told me it was so fast, so I am telling you.
Here is the procedure basically. A nurse comes in, asks you a few questions, takes your blood pressure then she asks you to take off everything and put on a robe (she leaves the room while you change lol). Then the doctor comes in, first she will do the breast exam. You lat down flat, put your hands above your head and it almost feels like she's kneading your breasts, feeling for lumps and what not. Then she will ask you to move towards the end of the table so your butt is just off the edge, and put your feet in the stirrups. You have to spread your legs wide, as my gyno said "there's no time for modesty" lol. Stuff like that made me feel more comfortable. I forget exactly the order of everything, but she inserts the speculum, to get a better look at your cervix and to take the pap smear, which is just a cotton swab that removes cells from your cervix. Then she checks out your ovaries, which she does by inserting 2 fingers into your vagina while pushing down on your stomach too. She wasn't really telling me in detail what she was doing, so that's all I really recall.
Don't be nervous, it is really not that bad. You should probably do the gardasil shots if you have not already, so ask your gynecologist about that at your appointment.
If you have any questions, feel free to message me and good luck.
· 1 decade ago