The Complete Guide To Going To The Gyno

Going To The Gyno

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Going to the gynecologist can be a little scary, even if you’ve been there a million times before. Going to the gynecologist for the first time? That can definitely be overwhelming. And not knowing what to expect makes that feeling even worse.

Tons of thoughts are probably running through your head: what is the doctor going to do to me? Is this going to hurt? Are my parents going to find out if I’m a virgin or not?

The truth about visiting the gyno? It’s not as bad as it seems. Sure, it might be a little uncomfortable, and we’d never say we’re looking forward to it, but it’s super important that every woman goes to the gyno in order to make sure that they’re healthy. Once you have your first visit, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend you going once a year.

So when should you make your first trip to the gyno? Either between the ages of 13-15, or whenever you become sexually active. If you’ve already started having sex and haven’t gone, please make an appointment – it’s really important for your sexual health. And if you’re feeling really nervous? Well, that’s exactly why we’ve put together this guide!

Read on for the facts about going to the gyno. It’ll calm your nerves!

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  • Twi-hard

    This just scared me more. I didn’t even change in the girls locker room in high school. I am going this one time because my family is forcing me to and then I’m never going back!

  • Sarah Murchison

    Yeah, I remember being afraid of going to the gynecologist. It seemed that it was the most uncomfortable thing…ever. But then you learn how important it is and you look for a good doctor. In my experience, I just had the wrong doctor. I switched to Dr. Gulinson and learned a whole lot. Good stuff over there.

  • Tiyanna

    I’m so scared (Its my first time) bit at Stanford, I can’t have kids and I wasn’t born with a utaris so they’re trying to figure out if I am able to be sexually active without getting seriously hurt. I’m so Nervous!!

  • Kiki

    @Assma I hate to bring this up, but you should check to make sure you’re not pregnant. Sorry, dude.

    • Morgan

      she hasn’t been preggo for two years….

      • Huda

        I was on BCP for years like 10 maybe? Anyway, I stopped tniakg them in August 2008 in hopes of getting pregnant and at the same time I read up on the FAM and began charting to TTC. It took my body a long time to adjust to coming off the pills, much longer than they say it will, and I guess I’m just unlucky that way because I know that it varies from woman to woman. I also went through trouble with my period being irregular, although not as bad as you, and major skin issues, no fun. But 10 months later, we finally conceived our son who was born in Febrary 2010. Once I was cleared by my OB/GYN I went back on hormonal BCP because we absolutely did not want another baby so soon after our first and considering the crazy schedule you have with a newborn in the house it just seemed like the best option for us. Now that he is 10 months old and our schedule has calmed down (he has been sleeping through the night for a while now, which as you probably know is very important to tracking your BBT) I’m planning to return to the FAM, this time to avoid pregnancy, after I finish this month’s pack of pills. I have mixed feelings, I really want to get off BCP. I don’t like relying on artificial hormones and it took me so long for my body to recover from them the first time that it scares me that it will affect future pregnancies. But at the same time, after using BCP to avoid pregnancy for 10+ years and only being off it for the purpose of achieving pregnancy it’s going to be quite the change to rely on my own body, and my knowledge of it to avoid pregnancy. Have you ever looked into something like the non-hormonal IUD? Admittedly, I don’t know much about it, but I’ve heard that some women really like it. Although, it may not be the best option for you since you’re hoping to TTC within the next year.

  • Assma

    That looks so scary.. I have to go to the Gyno (it’s my first time) because i didn’ have my period for like 2 years !!! i know, that’s weird.. so wish me luck !!!