10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going To The Gynecologist

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.

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!

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  • Sarah Murchison

    I used to be really nervous about going to see the OBGYN. Would dread it for weeks. Turns out I was just really not comfortable with my doctor. I switched to Dr. Gulinson and it’s been so much better. http://www.obgynofphoenix.com

  • Grace

    Does my mom have to be in the room? She doesnt know im sexually active. And only because shes over dramatic. (Im always safe and protected)

  • Cat

    Do smells bother gynos? Like odors non-period-related?

  • Zoey

    The period thing is false, actually. My gynecologist told me that it’s fine, it just might make pap smears difficult to read. Most gynos are used to doing a pelvic while a woman is on her period.

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  • emily

    When I went to the gyno the first time, it wasnt really awkward. I would say its…unusual….to be felt up naked on a table by someone youve never met. But it is a health exam, and just keep in mind that early detection saves lives, so it is a really good thing. It might just save your life. Dont feel weird about it. Its like going to see any other doctor really.