Why see a Gynecology provider? • Young women should start seeing a gynecologist at age 13-15• Your gynecologist can help with pregnancy planning or contraceptives• If you experience irregular menstruation, see an gynecologist ASAP• Women aged 21 years and older should get an annual exam• Breast exams are recommended for women over 40• A woman should speak with her provider about any change in discharge, blood in the urine or painful cramps When should you start seeing a Gynecology provider? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Most first visits at this age will not include a pelvic exam (According to ACOG guidelines, PAP smears should begin at age 21). The first exam will include a physical exam and discussions about medical history, menstruation and sexual activity. Tips for selecting a Gynecology provider 1. Make sure the provider is in your healthcare plan. 2. Check their rave reviews. Ask friends and family. Who do they see and love? On Christie Clinic provider profiles, you can see each provider's patient satisfaction scores. 3. Choose a provider in your area. Make sure your provider's office is close to work, school or home so visits will not be a burden. 4. Meet the provider. You want to establish a long-term relationship with your OB/GYN. 5. Review your provider's hours and availability to confirm your schedules are a match. Preparing for your first appointment The Christie Clinic OB/GYN team is looking forward to meeting you at your first visit. Whether you are coming to see us for a routine annual physical, as a referral for a consultation, or acute/problem based visit, we want you to know that we will do everything possible to make sure that your concerns are addressed and you leave feeling like your worries have been heard by your provider. We will provide a detailed plan with follow up recommendations after your visit. You can anticipate for us to get a complete personal and family history so please be prepared to provide us with this information with as much accuracy as possible. If you are coming for a problem based visit, the following information can be helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of your concerns: onset, location, and duration; characteristics including frequency, accentuating and relieving factors, and treatments you have tried thus far. If you have suggestions on ways that we can improve our practice or processes. Please provide this information to our staff as we strive for excellence. REVIEW CHRISTIE CLINIC OB/GYN PROVIDERS AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY.