There comes a day in every womans life when visiting an ob-gyn becomes imperative. The mere thought of discussing your intimate parts with a stranger can seem totally weird and may want you to almost skip the appointment altogether. Lets clear the air off these inhibitions and ease the anxiousness around the subject. Heres the thing it doesnt have to be intimidating or awkward to see a gynecologist; it can actually be empowering. You will feel confident after learning about your sexual and reproductive health.In the words of Dr. Asha Dalal, Gynecologist and Obstetrician at Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, There does not always have to be a reason to visit a gynecologist, a routine visit will do no harm. Ideally, the first visit should be made in adolescence, between the ages of 13 and 15 years.Dr. Dalal has a few recommendations before making your first visit to the ob-gyn. She also throws light on what to expect on your fist visit to the clinic.Avoid taking an appointment during your period.Avoid pelvic grooming before the visit.Do not douche.Avoid having sex the night before.Make sure to make note of the date of your last menstrual cycle and any other medical concerns you may have had.Keep a list of questions that you would like to ask(concerns regarding your reproductive system, contraception, pregnancy, infertility, malignancy and other issues)What to expect on your first visitAt your first visit, the doctor will take a detailed history.It includes your menstrual, obstetric, and general medical history, any surgery done or history of cancer in the family.Your vitals are taken.A general examination is done and if needed, a pelvic examination as well. An adolescent does not require the pelvic exam.Women who are sexually active.They will have a per vaginal and per speculum examination. A Pap Smear is taken, if required, and post the examination, further tests are recommended by the doctor, as per needs.