Gyno Visit - Help!

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Gyno Visit - Help!

MissAdara MissAdara
So I'm a nervous wreck. I'm 22, "technical" virgin (only have sex with my toys ), and overweight. I have never been to a gynecologist before, but I've been having issues and have an appointment next month, I hate the idea, and don't wanna go. I'll admit it, I'm afraid, lol. I don't like the idea of a stranger getting all up in my business. What do I expect? Should I shave? (I'm natural)....eeek!Any words of advice?
01/29/2013
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Ansley Ansley
There's no need to shave. A doctor should never judge you on the state of your grooming. (Hell, half the time I don't shave my legs before I go.) Wear thick socks, cause your feet will get cold while you're waiting. Wear clothes that are easy to get on and off because they don't give you much time to disrobe (usually) and put on the gown. Opening goes in the back. You'll get a breast exam, a pelvic exam that involves cotton swabs and then there will be a manual check - where the doctor inserts one or two fingers inside and then presses down on your tummy to feel for cysts or any other abnormalities.

The one thing that is most important - be honest. If you have a symptom, no matter how minute it may seem, tell them. You'd be surprised what one little fact can change when it comes to diagnosing issues.

Good luck! Don't be nervous. You're just another patient in a line of a thousand.
01/29/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
I agree....it's nothing they haven't seen before. Anytime I think, "ick, I feel gross and don't want to doctor to see my unshaved legs" or whatever abnormality I'm freaking out over.....I think to myself, they have seen SO much worse than anything I can dish out.

It's ok to be nervous, and I don't know many people who get excited to skip of to the gyno. Just take a deep breath and stay calm if you can, and it will be over before you know it.
01/29/2013
shorejen9 shorejen9
It's not a big deal. They will be done before you know it! Just be honest and I second the warm socks! Brrrr you don't have to shave! They see everything and it doesn't matter. Good luck.
01/29/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I'm overweight and au naturale, and they don't give a second glance or thought about it - you are not the only woman in existence they ever looked at. Frequently they're so business about it that you don't even have the chance to feel self-conscious. It's pretty much like going to the ENT or your general practitioner.

Thirded on the warm socks!

And breathe deep and relax. You need to be relaxed so they can examine your insides (makes it much easier for everyone). It doesn't take very long just like Stormy had outlined above.

Oh, final piece of advice - know when your last period was, as well as average duration and average days between. That helps more than you will ever know.
01/29/2013
MissAdara MissAdara
Thanks so much, I'm sure you're right, the gyno has seen so many mine probably won't stand out! And for the last....2? years, I've been keeping track, because I've had issues before. I'm feeling a little more at ease, again thanks
01/31/2013
bratcat bratcat
everyone has really good advice. But also, dont be afraid to ask questions! The doctor will likely explain to you what they are doing before doing it, but if you have anything to ask about during the exam they're always quite helpful. I would suggest getting an HIV/STD test, which just involves minimal blood work they should be able to do in office.
The pelvic exam may be a little uncomfortable - personally when i get paps done, i feel something thats comparable to a light pinch.
01/31/2013
LoooveMonkey LoooveMonkey
All I usually do is wash up before I go to make sure I'm fresh. I feel like it's common courtesy. lol
01/31/2013
MissAdara MissAdara
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Originally posted by LoooveMonkey
All I usually do is wash up before I go to make sure I'm fresh. I feel like it's common courtesy. lol
Ha yeah, I can see that.
02/01/2013
MissAdara MissAdara
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Originally posted by bratcat
everyone has really good advice. But also, dont be afraid to ask questions! The doctor will likely explain to you what they are doing before doing it, but if you have anything to ask about during the exam they're always quite helpful. I would ...
I've never had sex with anyone, shouldn't I not have to worry about any STD?
02/01/2013
bratcat bratcat
Quote:
Originally posted by MissAdara
I've never had sex with anyone, shouldn't I not have to worry about any STD?
Thats a pretty common misconception. People who have never had sex can still carry an STD/STI as well as the HPV virus without ever exhibiting symptoms (although at a lower rate than people who have had multiple partners). The blood work also test your insulin levels, testosterone levels, ect and can more easily tell you if you have something wrong that may not show up during a pap. It's always good to have everything looked over just to be sure!
02/08/2013
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