OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson recommends that a woman get her first Pap smear at 21 years old or when she becomes sexually active, whichever comes first. Visiting the gynecologist for the first time can be intimidating for some young women, and the first step to getting comfortable is knowing what questions to ask. Dr. Lisa shares four general questions to ask when visiting your OB/GYN:
1. What kind of blood test should I get? Based on your health history and what your doctor learns from your exam, he or she should be able to recommend what type of blood tests you need and when.
2. When should I get tested for STDs? If you're sexually active, even if you're using protection, your doctor should test for STDs at each annual exam.
3. Should I have a Pap smear? Make sure your doctor performs an HPV test with the Pap smear.
4. How will I get notified of my results? Some offices just notify about abnormal results, which is inadequate. All doctors' offices should inform patients of their test results no matter the outcome.