At Luna Roja we understand that knowledge about gynecological care and women's health is essential. Many young women, even with access to information, encounter challenges in understanding basic care. This situation is even more complex in contexts of poverty or violence, especially in Latin America, where personal care often does not receive the necessary attention.

Fortunately, we live in an era where sharing information is easier than ever. It is possible to learn and access crucial data for caring for the female body, regardless of socioeconomic or cultural status. Therefore, at Luna Roja, together with gynecologist Jen Gunter , we offer you answers to key questions that will help women make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and recognize when their rights are being violated.

When is the right time to visit the gynecologist?

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Choosing when to see a women's health specialist, such as a gynecologist, depends on several factors. We recommend you start with a reproductive health checkup visit between ages 13 and 15. This is the ideal time to discuss topics such as menstrual protection or safe sex. You don't need to worry about a pelvic exam unless you have symptoms.

As for testing for STIs, it is important to start testing as soon as you start your sexual life and continue until age 24. It is also crucial to start cervical cancer screening at age 21. Additionally, a prior visit can help you become familiar with the process and feel more comfortable with your doctor.

If you are a sexually active woman or adolescent under 24 years of age, it is advisable to have annual STI checkups. Urinalysis is very effective and can be a convenient alternative if you prefer to avoid a pelvic exam.

What is a pelvic exam?

A pelvic exam includes inspection of the vagina and cervix with a speculum and internal palpation. It is essential to evaluate the condition of the uterus, ovaries and detect any masses or irregularities. The exam should not be painful if done carefully and sensitively.

Is it normal to feel pain during a pelvic exam?

Pain during a pelvic exam is not normal and may indicate poor technique or a medical condition. It is important to communicate any discomfort to the doctor and know that adjustments can often be made to improve the experience.

At Luna Roja, we believe that it is vital to be informed and feel safe during gynecological visits. If you have questions or concerns, it is essential to discuss them and, if necessary, file a complaint. Vaginal health experiences should not be traumatic or promote violence against women.

Tell us, have you had any negative experiences in your gynecological check-ups? At Luna Roja we are here to listen to you and support you.

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