Your first trip to the gynecologist can be pretty nerve-wracking. You might have heard horror stories about tremendous pain or embarrassing moments, and we get it. We do. There’s not much to look forward to when it comes to a doctor prodding at your vagina with a cold instrument. But whether you’ve just begun to have sex, you’re worried you might have a yeast infection, or you just want to make sure that everything is healthy down there, you’re going to end up going to the gynecologist at some point.
In case you’re wondering what you should or shouldn’t do before your trip to the gyno, we’ve made a list of the 10 things we wish we knew before going to the gynecologist. So take a deep breath, read our tips, and get ready for an experience that is definitely not as scary as people make it out to be.
Try Not To Get Too NervousYes, you'll probably get a little uncomfortable at some point of your appointment. But it's really not as scary as you may think. Yes, there's some poking and prodding, but there's just as much, if not more, questions and discussion. It's natural to be a little nervous, but try not to freak out!Source: Shutterstock
It's Not Going To Be SexyThere is nothing sexual about your gynecological exam. This is a straight up medical procedure, nothing more, nothing less.Source: Shutterstock
Don't Relieve Yourself Before Your AppointmentUrinating before your appointment will be a huge pain in the butt if you're asked to give a urine sample at the doctor's office. So just try to wait it out if you can so that you're not stuck chugging a gallon of water in a fluorescent lit bathroom.Source: Shutterstock
Your Gyno Doesn't Care About Your Massive BushDon't bother grooming your bits before you go to the gyno. Your gyno isn't going to care about how nicely coiffed your pubic hair looks. Hair removal, especially waxing, in the pubic area can also cause irritation that could make it more difficult for your gyno to spot a potential abnormality. Just let it be, okay?Source: Shutterstock
Nothing Down There Will Freak Out Your GynoSeriously, there's nothing they haven't seen before. If you think your labia is a little weird looking, they've probably seen weirder. Vaginas are all different and weird and mystical in their own special way, yours included.Source: Shutterstock
Aunt Flo Ain't InvitedIf you're on the rag on the day of your appointment, cancel and reschduele for another date. Your gyno can't perform an examination when you're on your period.Source: Shutterstock
Lying Will Get You NowhereDon't try to ease your conscious by lying about your sexual history because you're only hurting yourself. Your gynecologist isn't going to judge you for having a lot of sex, or wanting birth control, or getting another UTI. The more honest you are with your doctor, the better advice and care you'll receive.Source: Shutterstock
Tell Them About Your Habits As WellYour gyno is going to ask you if you're a smoker. This question isn't meant to make you feel guilty. Your smoking could help determine which birth control medication is best for you. So if you smoke, don't say that you don't just because you're thinking of cutting back or you don't want your medical record to look bad. It's not worth the risk of having a medication that doesn't sit well with you.Source: Shutterstock
Don't Assume That Your Concerns Aren't ImportantIf you're curious about something going on down there and you want your gyno's opinion, say so. Are you worried about the side effects of your birth control? Are you afraid that you might have a vaginal infection? Tell your gyno! Don't assume that they'll dismiss your concerns or assume that you're overreacting.Source: Shutterstock
Your Parents Won't Know A ThingWhatever you and your gynecologist discuss is between you and your gynecologist. Even if you're a minor, and even if your parents beg and plead, your gynecologist won't give them any information about what was discussed during your appointment unless they believe that you're a harm to yourself or others. So don't worry about your mom finding out about your sexual history.Source: Shutterstock
What has your experience been with your gynecologist? Have you considered making an appointment with a gynecologist for the first time? Tell us in the comments!