Do you feel scared visiting a doctor for the first time? Cause we can totally relate! Visiting someone new can be quite scary, and it can be intimidating if you’re meeting a gynaecologist for the first time, especially for young women!
As a girl transforming into a woman, it is quite essential to keep a close check on your reproductive health, and knowing what changes might happen can make you feel a little more prepared! Hence, here are some tips that you might find useful if you’re visiting your gynaecologist for the first time.
- It is okay to be nervous
The first thing that you should know before visiting a gynaecologist is that it is absolutely okay to be nervous! Any experience that is new can be a little overwhelming and definitely scary, we totally feel you, but I hope you remember that you have nothing to worry about.
- Try to prepare beforehand
You don’t have to “know it all” before a visit but doing a little background research can make you feel more confident about your first appointment. Knowing the purpose of your visit can help you anticipate how it is going to go!
What can help you is writing down questions or concerns that you’d like to ask your doctor and bring them to your appointment.
- Try talking to a close friend!
If you still feel nervous and writing down your queries and doubts seem a little unhelpful, then you surely can confide in a close friend or a family member! Communicating is the best and the only way to get that nervousness out of your system and maybe receive some advice or support from your close ones.
- Below 21? You don’t need a pelvic exam!
This might be something you’re not aware of, but visiting a gynaecologist would hardly take 15-20 minutes max, where you’d have a conversation with them and they’d check your height, weight, blood pressure and any other medical issues that might be present from the past, so beware of any examination! But in some cases, if you’re above 21, are sexually active or have any other reproductive concerns then your doctor might need to perform a pelvic exam or/and a pap smear test!
- It is important to be honest with your doctor
While your first visit can be intimidating, it is also important to put your faith in them; start slow, and try to be as honest as possible with them. Giving them full disclosure about your sexual activities or any other medical history would only make it easier for the both of you to get closer to any issue (if anything exists)! Being dishonest would not only waste your money and time but might have negative implications!
- Prepare to get real!
A little confused…? Your gynaecologist will ask you questions regarding your sexual health and periods! So let’s keep the shyness out of the clinic, shall we?
Your Gynecologist may ask you about your last period date, the irregularities (if any), cramps, heavy bleeding or any other pain that might rise, so be prepared!
- You can book an appointment even if you’re on your period!
So can a gynecologist check you on your period? Absolutely yes! They will be able to perform your examination. The doctor and their staff will do everything in their power to help you stay clean and comfortable while taking your examination.