Hello, I'm 20 years old and before the summer I got accepted by a doctor in my city. I haven't had one since my paediatrician could last see me when I was 18. I went away for the summer and now I am back. I have a few questions about what to do. I've never had a physical or anything like that.
Does my doctor do the entire physical? Mammogram, gynaecological part of a physical, etc...
I'd like to know this before I call and sound dumb.
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First of all, let me assure you that if you call your doctor's office and ask them questions, you won't sound dumb. They're used to getting patient questions, and they don't expect you to know the answers.
It's unlikely that you'll have a mammogram unless you have a family history of breast cancer or the doctor finds something problematic during a breast exam that they think warrants further investigation. Even then, a mammogram is typically done at the same place you'd get any other X-rays or other medical tests.
Whether or not you have your GP provide your gynecological care is really up to you, and also whether your doctor provides that care or refers their patients to a gynecologist.
we have an article on doctor visits that you might find helpful.
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