My mom is taking me to the gynecologist soon. Does she have to be in the room with me during the exam?
It's up to you if your mom stays in the room with you for your gyn exam.
Lots of girls feel more comfortable with mom there. Others prefer the privacy of being alone with the doctor and/or nurse. Your doctor or nurse might ask before starting the exam if you'd like your mom there or not. Some will automatically ask moms to leave, so you may need to speak up if you'd like yours to stay!
Doctors and nurse practitioners both are qualified do gyn exams. Whoever does yours will probably have a nurse or medical assistant in the room during the exam. Don't worry about confidentiality, though. The doctor and nurse will keep your discussions private. So feel free to ask any questions you have. This is good time to begin learning about your body and taking charge of your own medical care.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: September 2013
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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