Going to the gynecologist can be pretty scary, especially if it’s your first time. But your gyno is your friend! You should trust them and be honest because they’re there to make sure you’re healthy.
I feel like there’s a huge stigma when it comes to gynecologists, but they’re people too! My gyno is the best, and I have the greatest conversations with her. It’s great because I know she really cares about my well-being. And she’s super honest with me too, which makes me feel better.
Don’t be afraid of your gyno, seriously. But here are some things your doc probably isn’t telling you.
Be Ready To Pee
You don't need to chug a gallon of water before you head to your appointment, but make sure you can pee when you get there. Your gyno is going to test your urine, and it really sucks to have to say you can't do it and end up stuck in the waiting room trying to drink water.
They're Going To Prick Your Finger
I didn't know they did this every time, and my fear of needles does not appreciate it. I know it's just a prick, but it hurts and makes me anxious! It's mainly to test your iron levels, but just brace yourself and don't forget to breathe.
Your gyno does NOT care if your hair down there is shaped like a lightning bolt or vajazzled or whatever. But they'd rather you not wax right before your visit because it can be more difficult to determine if anything's wrong. Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., told Redbook "It's hard to know if something is actually wrong-like an inflammation or infection, for example-or if the woman is simply swollen from the trauma of waxing." So stay away from the salon before your appointment!
They're Not Judging You
Your gyno is not there to judge you. I'm more honest with my doctor than I am with anyone else! Whether you switched partners without getting tested first or didn't use a condom that time, your doc isn't writing "slut" across your chart.
Don't Go On Your Period
No, you can't go anyway. Don't schedule your appointment when you know you're going to be on your period. And if you get it that morning (it happens) call right away to reschedule.
No Underwear When Possible
Wearing underwear all the time apparently is not good for your vajayjay. When you have it on 24/7, you end up trapping all kinds of bacteria and stuff. Dr. Hutcherson says, "Wear underwear during the day, but as soon as you get home, the panties should come off. And no woman ever needs to wear them to bed." Good to know!
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