WHAT TO KNOW
When to see a Gynecologist
It is recommended to visit a gynecologist for regular screening and any time a woman has any type of concerns about symptoms such as; vulvar, vaginal pain or adbomen bleeding from the uteris, pelvic.
A gynecologist can treat a girl and a woman at any age. Building up a relationship with the doctor enables a girl or woman to be more comfortable asking questions about menstruation, sexuality and so on, and provides a point of contact if symptoms occur in future.
When making a gynecology appointment, make sure to schedule it to take place during the middle of your menstrual cycle. Avoid having a vaginal douche, or putting anything (such as tampons) into your vagina for two days before the exam, or sexual intercourse.
Think ahead about the questions you’d like to ask the gynecologist so that you don’t forget an important issue that you would like to discuss. Gather your family medical history, especially your mother’s history and if you have older sisters, you’ll want to know about them as well.
On the day of your scheduled exam you do not need to do anything special. Shower normally with soap and water, but avoid using powders or creams, since they can affect test results. Wear comfortable, uncomplicated clothes in order to feel calm when it comes time to undress. Be open with the gynecologist of past or current situation to ensure a successful appointment.
Building up a relationship with the doctor enables a girl or woman to be comfortable asking questions about menstruation, sexuality and so on, and provides a point of contact if symptoms occur in future.