Who isn’t a bit afraid of the first visit to the Gynaecologist? It is good to know that a physical exam does not have to take place. There are many questions that concern one’s own body or contraceptives. At the first meeting, a purely conversational consultation is possible. It is also possible for a friend, a partner (boyfriend, girlfriend) or parent to join. If you are interested in oral contraceptives (i.e. the Pill), it is possible to receive a prescription paid by your public insurance until the age of 20. It is important to us that you feel comfortable and open to discuss any topics freely. Anything that is discussed is strictly confidential, even to your parents. If there are any physical ailments, a physical exam can be performed; this is not required to be performed on a gynaecological chair. An external examination using an ultrasound on the abdominal wall is often sufficient.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for woman and is triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is sexually transmitted. In the course of their lives, about 3 out of 4 sexually active men and women contract HPV, which in a few cases can result in a cancer diagnosis years late. The new vaccination against HPV can significant reduce the risk of infection. It is useful to be vaccinated before your first sexual contact. The vaccination comprises 3 doses, which should be spaced out over 2-4 months. The vaccination is covered by all public health insurance companies until the age of 17. The first dose should be taken no later than one’s 18th birthday. Some public health insurance companies cover this expensive vaccination (around €500) up to the age of 26. We have the HPV vaccination readily available at our practice. Please bring your vaccination pass to your appointments.