- A visit to the gynaecologist does not have to be a nerve-wracking experience if a lot of preparation is done.
- It takes one to book and follow through with the appointment to make it effective
- Here are the things every woman needs to know before going to the gynaecologist
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By Gloria Mwivanda
A visit to the gynaecologist is bound to make anyone nervous, especially if it is the first time.
When most women think of visiting the gynaecologist, the first thing they think of doing is to shave.
It is only natural to want to look good and feel confident for that exam, so it is okay to shave. However, shaving or not shaving does not really matter. Hair is natural and healthy, so it does not show untidiness, contrary to popular belief.
Therefore, shaving before a visit to the gynecologist is okay but not a must. If you chose to shave, use scissors and do not shave too close to the root hairs as this may cause swelling or irritation.
Also, avoid the creams as they may cause the same and lead to a misdiagnosis.
It is also important that you book an appointment before visiting unless it is an emergency.
The appointment gives you time to prepare for the visit and to consciously listen to your body and get to know and write down how you feel.
Writing down how and what you feel is important, you would be surprised at how many people forget an important detail or symptom they felt that would help in getting a diagnosis.
Secondly, write down your symptoms and questions you may have. While you do this, also prepare yourself to answer any relevant question you may be asked.
The Common questions asked by the gynaecologists may include:
- When was your last period? (always answer with the day they started, not the day they ended)
- Are you sexually active?
- When did the symptoms start, or how often do you feel them?
- Do you have a history of problems concerning your reproductive health?
The other questions asked may depend on one’s symptoms.
In dressing, be as comfortable as you can be. However, this visit may require an examination, and we all know that may involve a pelvic exam that will require you to take your pants off.
Sometimes, you may also undergo a breast examination. Other time it is just exposing your abdomen for an ultrasound.
So whatever you choose to wear, try to make sure it is something you can slip into and out of easily and comfortably.
For a pelvic exam, doctors advise that one avoids sexual intercourse two days before the exam. This is because the presence of semen may alter the results.
On the day of the appointment, shower but just with water, using vaginal soaps and creams may alter the diagnosis if the doctor wants to look at the discharge.
Do not be embarrassed about abnormal discharge.
Before the visit, do your research and know what to expect, but do not self-diagnose.
When all this is done, remember to relax as you undergo the whole process. Also, be prepared to get real and honest with your doctor knowing whatever information you reveal is between you and them.
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