A pelvic exam is not a regular part of adolescent health checkups. However, if you have a problem involving your female reproductive organs, such as an unusual discharge from your vagina, a pelvic exam may be needed.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about what to expect during your first pelvic exam.

An overall health check-in may be done before your pelvic exam.

You may be asked questions about your menstrual cycle (period), such as

You may be asked questions about your sexual activity, such as

It’s important to be honest. Keep in mind that whatever information you share is confidential and won’t be discussed with anyone else without your permission (unless it involves abuse or is something life threatening). Also, remember that your doctor is available to answer questions or concerns you may have.

Before the exam, you will need to undress and put on a...

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