If you’re reading this you are probably going to see a gynecologist for the first time and don’t know what to expect. You’re probably nervous, maybe even afraid. Relax. There’s nothing to be worried about.
Before you meet with your doctor you will be required to fill out papers, which ask general health questions and information about your sexual activity. Later, your doctor will review your medical history with you. If there are any questions you have about your body, this is your chance to ask them. If you feel hesitant about speaking openly about your sexual experiences and concerns with your doctor, you shouldn’t be. The more you tell your doctor, the more he or she will be able to help you. Your doctor is not there to judge you. Anything you say, your doctor has probably heard it over a thousand times before.
Your doctor will proceed to do a pelvic exam. You will be asked to remove your clothing from your waist, down. During the examination, you will have to lie on your back with your legs spread apart and knees bent. Your doctor will take a look at and feel your sex organs (with gloves on) to make sure your reproductive organs are okay. What scares most first time gynecologist patients is the pap smear, which is usually done at the same time the pelvic exam is done. The pap smear is a physical exam that the doctor does to check for any abnormalities in the cervix. Believe it or not, this procedure can take your doctor as little as five minutes to complete. The doctor will open your vagina with a tool called a speculum and insert a small brush-like tool to take a sample of your cells. This is the last part of your visit. The cell sample will be sent to the laboratory for further study.
If your doctor does not contact you within a few weeks of your appointment it is probably because your results came back normal. You can always call and ask your doctor for an update for assurance. If your doctor contacts you after your appointment it is probably because your results came back abnormal. This could mean a number of things and further tests will be done to determine the cause of the cell changes in the cervix.
Sometimes there are things that may be occurring in a woman’s body, which her body may show no signs of. Every woman should visit a gynecologist and it is recommended that they do so annually. Even if the woman is not yet sexually active, it is important that the cervix is examined so that serious complications can be avoided.