FAQ: Your first visit with a Women's Health provider
If you are just coming in for an annual exam and have no symptoms, you should avoid intercourse for several hours before your visit. However, if you are experiencing vaginal discharge or bleeding, you should refrain from sexual intercourse for 24 hours before your exam
In general, you should call the clinician you feel most comfortable seeing for a specific concern. Many health issues, such as urinary tract infections or abdominal pain, can be treated by either PCPs or gynecologists. Many PCPs can perform pelvic exams, and both gynecologists and PCPs can do tests for sexually transmitted infections. If you’re not sure which clinician you should see, call either one, explain your concern, and we’ll make sure you see a clinician who can care for you appropriately. One other consideration: the wait for an appointment with your gynecologist may be shorter than the wait for a routine appointment with your PCP.
If you want to get pregnant, call the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at 617-253-1315 to schedule a “preconception visit.” This visit may include blood tests for genetic conditions, infections, or hormonal imbalances. The clinician will also discuss optimal timing of sexual intercourse and other topics related to getting pregnant and early pregnancy