Hi ladies, I received an email from a tPF member who wishes to remain anonymous asking that I post this here. I have already responded to her with my opinion, but I'm sure she woudl like to hear the rest of yours too. I've re-typed the question because she may be able to be identified by the way she types. Hope you're all well, Melanie So...Here's the question: I am a 24 year old female and have never been to the gynecologist's office. I've had 2 sexual partners in my life and lost my virginity when I was 17 years old. I'm scared to go. I don't feel like I can talk to my mom or my girlfriends about this because I'm embarrassed. I'm not so much scared that it will hurt, I'm more scared that I will do something wrong. I don't know the "procedure". 1. Do I need to shave or do anything "down there"? Right now I'm without a partner so I am au natural. Is it customary to do some prepping? I hope I won't be berated by the doctor that I haven't been. I've heard that customary is to start when you are 18, correct? The reason why I'm even wanting to go is so I can get a prescription for the BCP. There is this guy that I really like, but we are not together yet, and I'd like to have the pill just in case. Know what I mean? If I were certain that my regular doctor would be able to give me a prescription, I probably wouldn't even be asking this! Help?