GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch: Addressing Frequently Asked Questions

December 13, 2023

If you are requesting an appointment with one of our Gynecologists, you may have some questions about what you can expect.  We completely understand.  That is why we are pulling together some of the most frequently asked questions for you here.  We hope you find them helpful!

  1. What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please ensure you bring completed paperwork if you haven’t done so through the patient portal. A photo ID and your insurance card will be required, and be prepared to cover any applicable co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles before your appointment. We accept major credit/debit cards, checks, money orders, and cash.

  1. What’s the recommended arrival time for my first appointment?

Plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If new patient paperwork still needs to be completed via the patient portal or on paper, please arrive 30 minutes early.

  1. Can I have a Pap smear during my period?

While it’s possible, we advise that you try to avoid it if possible. Try to schedule your Pap test when you’re not menstruating or experiencing heavy flow.

  1. When should I schedule my first gynecological exam or Pap smear?

Typically, women should schedule their first exam at age 21 or upon becoming sexually active. However, earlier appointments are encouraged if there are any gynecological concerns.

  1. Is it normal to feel nervous before the first visit?

Feeling nervous is normal. Discussing your concerns with your parents or someone you trust and communicating your nervousness to your doctor can help ease any anxiety.

  1. What should I expect during my first gynecologist visit?

Your first visit may involve a discussion with your doctor about future visits, staying healthy, and addressing questions about your body, growth, and sex. Some exams and vaccinations may also take place, and your doctor may ask personal questions about your health and family. Confidentiality is a priority, and discussions between you and your doctor can remain private.

  1. What exams are conducted during the first visit?

Exams may include a general physical exam and an external genital exam. Pelvic exams are typically unnecessary unless you’re experiencing specific issues, and STI tests can often be done with a urine sample.

  1. Will my health insurance cover my visit?

Most preventive care visits are usually covered in full, but some may involve a co-pay. If you’re uncertain about the coverage for a specific procedure or service, we recommend reaching out to your insurance company or contacting our billing department before your visit to clarify any concerns.

  1. Will there be a co-pay?

Co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles are contingent on your insurance company and plan. Please be aware that these fees may be applicable, and we collect them before your appointment. If you have questions about your specific coverage, feel free to reach out to our team for clarification.

  1. What to do if you miss a birth control pill?

Take the missed pill as soon as you remember. If you realize the next day, take two pills at your usual time. To stay protected, use a backup form of contraception after a missed pill, as daily intake is crucial for effectiveness.

If we haven’t addressed your question here, please feel free to contact our office or bring it up in your next appointment.  Staying informed is essential to your health.  Here at GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch, we offer compassionate care to women at every stage of their lives.