What to Ask During Your First Reproductive Health Appointment

It's normal to be a bit nervous about your first appointment with an obstetrician-gynecologist — or other health care professional who will be discussing reproductive health issues with you. This appointment also will likely include an internal pelvic exam. To get the most out of your appointment, make a list of questions that address any concerns you have about your periods, sexually transmitted diseases, breast health (soreness) and birth control.

  1. What can I do to be more comfortable during this exam?
  2. How long will the exam take?
  3. How will my privacy be protected? Will you share information about this exam with my parents?
  4. What tests should I take based on my health and sexual history?
  5. Am I developing normally? Is there anything I should be concerned about?
  6. I feel fine, but could I still have a sexually transmitted disease or vaginal infection? What tests can you do to find out?
  7. What can I do about my PMS symptoms? Would birth control pills or an antidepressant help?
  8. What are my birth control options? How do I decide which is best for me?
  9. How can I tell my parents about my decision to use birth control?
  10. If I have sex and then want emergency contraception, what should I do? Can I get a prescription now?
  11. How can I tell my parents about my prescription to clear up an infection?
  12. What are some precautions I should take to protect myself from STDs and unwanted pregnancy?
  13. What should I do if I think I'm pregnant?
  14. What are some things I should be doing to improve my health?