I am asexual and I never want to be sexually active with another person. Do I still need to have a pelvic exam? If so, what age is recommended for your first visit?

The sexual orientation asexual (“ace”) can be different things to different people. However, in most situations, an ace is someone who doesn’t have any sexual interest or attraction to others. Asexuality often describes someone’s sexual orientation just as being lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, etc. does.

Regardless of sexual orientation, if you have female anatomy, you should have your first pelvic exam if you have symptoms such as vaginal discharge or pain, or when you turn 21, whichever comes first. Pelvic exams are important because they allow your health care provider (HCP) to check for any gynecological problems. A pelvic exam doesn’t have to be performed by a gynecologist. many health care providers (HCPs) are trained to perform them as well. It might be helpful to talk to your HCP about any questions or concerns you may have regarding your first exam.