I’m afraid to go to the gynecologist
Visit women’s clinic — not the most pleasant event. Often a visit to the doctor postponed indefinitely. “I’m afraid to go to the gynecologist” — a common phrase you can hear in defense of girls and women. The article describes common concerns and how justified the fears and how is the reception at the female doctor.
What are we afraid of
Fear arises due to lack of information or misinterpretation. And women delaying a visit to the gynecologist is in order to understand what is scary and how to cope with the unknown.
- “I’m afraid that would be a shame”. The girl who first signed up to the gynecologist, can experience shame due to the fact that it will be necessary to strip in front of a stranger and to answer awkward, intimate questions. To the gynecologist every day for inspection of dozens of patients. This is a common workflow, such as for an auto mechanic that checks the car during maintenance. A pelvic exam is a preventive treatment for women. The physician should ensure that the female body is functioning normally, or in the early stages to “catch” the disease and prescribe appropriate treatment.
- “I’m afraid that will hurt.” Feeling when viewed in the gynecological chair are not very nice, but don’t hurt. An experienced doctor works carefully and accurately. During the inspection, the doctor gives recommendations as it is more convenient to sit in a chair, how to breathe and relax in order to minimize the uncomfortable sensations of the patient. Size gynecological tool is selected individually for each woman.
To any event, it is important to prepare yourself, and visit female doctor is no exception. In the public antenatal clinic you will need to bring a diaper or a towel, clean socks or Shoe covers. In the commercial clinics diaper and socks are included in the cost of the visit.
A gynecologist comes to the reception, when menstrual periods ended. Optimal for routine examination 5 to 12 days of the cycle. This period is suitable for more accurate studies of the cervix and other organs.
You need to pre-hold sanitary procedure: an enema (cleansing of the bowel is especially important for virgins, since the examination is performed through the rectum), take a shower or to wash. Particularly thorough cleaning is not required, so as not to distort the data about the condition of the vaginal microflora.
Just before you receive your need to visit the toilet and pee. A full bladder interferes with the physician to palpate the uterus. After using the toilet, you can use baby wipes. Wipes, intimate hygiene gels contain preservatives that affect the result of laboratory tests.
For psychological comfort, you can bring for the company mom, sister, friend, husband. Of course, in the office, they will not, but the support in the waiting room will provide. Add confidence comfortable clothing that can be quickly removed and worn, for example, a skirt or a dress.
The doctor will ask about menstrual cycle, so you should remember at what age you began menstruating, when was your last, how regularly and undergo painful menstruation. This will help a special calendar, which is recommended to the women and to celebrate the days of the cycle.
How is the reception
The doctor fills out a medical card, asks about the menstrual cycle, the beginning of sexual life, gynecological diseases, surgeries. The answer to the question of the conduct of sexual life clear to the doctor what kind of inspection carried out. A virgin girl gynecologist examines the uterus and the appendages through the anus. Sensations unpleasant, but painless.
Vulva the doctor examines to see if there were irritation, warts, discharge. Examination girl who is sexually active, is a two-handed method. The gynecologist puts two fingers of one hand into the vagina, the other hand thoroughly examining the abdomen. Sometimes when inspecting used gynecologic speculum to examine the vaginal walls and the cervix. All the tests the doctor conducts sterile gloves using sterile instruments.
Answers to questions gynecologist it is important to give honest. If a woman is concerned about vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pains, itching, unpleasant odor, it is imperative to tell the doctor and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Shyness and lack of information is harmful, when it comes to women’s health.
The gynecologist checks the Breasts for the presence of pathological changes and seals. If the doctor detects any deviations, it will direct on consultation to mammologist.
Why go to the reception
“If I don’t ache, and I am still afraid to go to the gynecologist, then why go?” — seems to be a logical question. However, the woman should regularly visit a specialist.
For the first time to a female doctor usually come in 14 – 15 years when a General medical examination in school, if the girl before that age was not gynecological complaints. Women to 30 years old with a regular sexual partner and absence of problems in intimate sphere to visit a doctor is recommended once a year, after 30 years — every six months. Mandatory observed at the gynecologist women during pregnancy and after 1.5 – 2 months after birth.
When you change sexual partner, disturbed menstrual cycle, there are pains, discomfort in the genitals, there are other complaints, you need to go to the gynecologist.
Sexual infections start and asymptomatic, initially, unnoticed damage to the female body. However, they can lead to infertility and problems with childbearing. Regular check-UPS as a method of prevention, help timely detection of problems in the female body. In addition, in the early stages allow you to diagnose different types of cancer. This is the most important factor for effective and successful treatment of the disease.
Fear is a bad counselor. The fear of discomfort, fear of a diagnosis makes you endure a visit to the doctor for an indefinite time, to listen to the speculation friends, enjoy self-treatment. Fixing the problem at the beginning of the exercise much easier. Procrastination aggravates the disease and delaying the recovery.
When the mind all clear, but the emotions are confused, it is possible to act on the algorithm:
- “afraid of doing” — to choose a specialist and book an appointment;
- to prepare for the visit;
- pass the inspection;
- ask questions (prepare a list of questions in advance);
- if necessary tests;
- find reliable information about the condition.
Regular checkups by a gynecologist, timely diagnosis, effective treatment to preserve a woman’s health. Careful and attentive attitude to itself ensures good health in the intimate sphere.