An appointment with the gynecologist
The fast pace of our life today and burdens which fall largely on women, make female health one of the key priorities. We all know that it is better to prevent a disease than spend a lot of time for treating it. Regular gynecological examination is care about your health, satisfying sex life and happiness to be a mother in future. While only few women know that it is necessary to have regular appointments with the gynecologist, some young girls and even older woman are too embarrassed to visit a gynecologist and they either miss or delay preventive examinations. However, there is nothing awful in visiting this medical specialist, you just need to get prepared and have a right mind set.
A first appointment with the gynecologist: what you should know
All the girls are very worried about their first visit to a gynecologist. Too sensible girls can even have stress or obsessive fear. Information is the easiest way to overcome your worries. So, you have your first appointment with the gynecologist, what should you know and what you should be ready for:
- First of all, learn about the procedure of routine gynecological examination to be calm and confident in the doctor’s office;
- It all starts with an interview. A doctor will ask you whether you have any complaints, about your period (when it started, do you have pain, the character of discharge), your living conditions, drugs you administer, stresses and sex life. Try to answer honestly on all the questions even if you are embarrassed. Everything you say is a confidential information and your doctor will not share it with anyone;
- Then a doctor will take a general look at your constitution, the amount and location of stored fat, the pattern of hair growth. By obtaining this visual information, a specialist can suspect any hormonal changes and make conclusions about sexual maturation of a girl;
- Next is examination of mammal glands to detect painfulness, swelling or calcifications;
- Then goes the procedure that frightens many girls visiting a gynecologist for the first time. It is external and internal vaginal examination. Usually, the girls are afraid of being naked in front of a strange person and they are afraid of painful sensations during the examination. During the external examination, a doctor studies labia majora and labia minora, urethra and vaginal orifice and this is absolutely painless. If a girl is a virgin, vaginal examination is over;
- Girls having a sex life will undergo internal vaginal examination. A doctor uses a gynecological speculum and pain may occur if a girl is too worried and tense. In a relaxed state this procedure, though unpleasant, is painless. After the examination, a doctor takes a swab for a laboratory test;
- Then a bimanual vaginal examination is performed. It does not cause any unpleasant or painful sensations if there are no inflammations.
What do you need for a gynecological examination
Many women wonder how often should they visit a gynecologist. Today, a woman is expected to have an appointment with the gynecologist once every six months for preventive purpose and each time she has any complaints. Before a visit to a gynecologist, remember the things you should do:
- The best time for visiting a gynecologist are the first days after the period ends. However, if you have some problems, you can have medical examination at any time;
- Consider everything you need for your visit to a gynecologist. It is recommended to have a disposable kit for gynecological examination and a disposable underpad or a towel. Be ready tell your doctor the exact date of the last menstruation and any special things about it;
- Women often face the question whether they should shave before a visit to a gynecologist. There are no strict requirements. Shaving pubic hair is obligatory only for surgeries with further stitching. To shave or not to shave before visiting a medical specialist is up to each woman. However, many women feel more confident with smooth and hairless pubic area;
- Do not forget about proper personal hygiene. Do not use special antiseptic products or douching. Morning shower before going to a clinic is enough;
- If a woman is afraid to visit a gynecologist, she should find some ways to overcome her worries. Think of it as of taking care of your health and beauty and imagine how many problems your own anxiety can cause in case you ignore some disorder.
A first appointment with the gynecologist in pregnancy
A first appointment with the gynecologist is a special event for a pregnant woman. A mommy-to-be is often very worried and she has a lot of questions. Now a woman worries not only about her health but about proper development of her baby. So, what you should and when you should visit a gynecologist if a pregnancy test is positive:
- If you want to know when to visit a gynecologist after a late period, specialists do not recommend to delay the visit for more than 6 weeks since the last menstruation. The period between 6 and 12 weeks is critical for prenatal development and there is a hight risk of a miscarriage. So you should register in a maternity clinic and undergo medical examination as early as this;
- Prepare all the results of previous examinations and records from hospitals, if any, for your first visit to a gynecologist in pregnancy. You can get this information in the registration office and you will need it for your prenatal record;
- External and internal vaginal examination is just the same as you had them before. After examination with a gynecological speculum and bimanual vaginal examination, a doctor will refer you to ultrasound to confirm pregnancy;
- On your first prenatal visit to gynecologist, a specialist will take pelvic and waist measurements using a special device pelvimeter;
- A doctor will ask you to describe in detail about your past diseases and chronic disorders, surgeries, traumas, drug or food allergies, and bad habits. Be as precise as possible because successful pregnancy and delivery depend on your answers;
- After an interview, a doctor will refer you to laboratory tests and some additional examinations. Urine analysis, Rh factor and blood group test (blood sample is taken from the vein), hemoglobin test and test for TORCH-infections are obligatory for all.
You will also have to visit a general practitioner, neuropathologist, eye specialist and ENT specialist.
Do not ignore these examinations as these specialists may detect some disorder requiring treatment.