When should I have my first GYN exam?

You should have your first GYN pelvic exam around the age of 21, sooner if you begin sexual activity. Any medical problems should be addressed immediately, regardless of age.

Should I get tested for HPV?

Sexually active women are exposed, and at risk, to human papillomavirus (HPV). Discuss HPV testing with your physician during your visit, and inquire about Pap smears (which can be tested for HPV).

Should I get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is recommended for adolescent girls who are not sexually active. Sexually active females may also benefit from the vaccine. The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women.

When should I schedule my first prenatal visit?

Call and make an appointment following a positive result with a home pregnancy test. The first appointment is generally scheduled at eight weeks from your last menstrual period.

Is it O.K. to exercise during pregnancy?

It is safe to exercise in moderation, unless your obstetrician advises against it. Certain exercises can help prepare for, and facilitate, childbirth.

Is it O.K. to get a flu shot while I am pregnant?

It is safe to get a flu shot, during flu season, up until your second trimester.