Specializing in women’s health and reproductive systems, a gynecologist helps you maintain overall good health through physical examinations, by scanning for cancers, treating infections and giving expert advice on pregnancy& childbirth-related issues.
While a visit to a gynecologists' is much recommended, discussing sensitive information regarding your sexual and reproductive health can seem scary, nerve-wracking and uncomfortable.
We are here to let you know that you are not alone!
These are all common fears and insecurities we all have so let us put your mind at ease with some friendly tips and advice on when to see a doctor & what to expect.
When should I see a Gynecologist?
You should go see a Gynecologist for pregnancy & childbirth-related matters, for sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases, urinary incontinence, menstruation & menopause issues, lower abdominal pain etc.
What should I take with me?
Unless specified, you do not need to take anything with you. If you have previously done scans and tests that are related to the problem you are visiting your OB/GYN for, then do take the reports along with you.
What will he/she ask me?
Depending on your area of concern, your doctor will ask you about your medical and sexual history. Even if it may seem uncomfortable to discuss your sexual history with an unknown stranger, try to be as honest and transparent as possible, as this will help your doctor decide on the best course of action.
Things to know and expect before going for your appointment
- Try to visit your OB/GYN at least once a year for a regular check up. A comprehensive check-up will include screenings for cancer, STI’s, STD’s, breast & pelvic examinations to assess your overall health.
- You do not need to wax or shave before going for your consultation.
- Be aware of your personal and family medical history before seeing your doctor.
- It is okay to feel uncomfortable the first few times. Over time, you will find yourself feeling more at ease and able to talk freely with your OB/GYN.
- Take time to research and find a doctor that you will trust. It is okay to visit a few doctors till you find someone that you are comfortable with.
- If it’s your first time visiting a Gynecologist, let him/her know. The doctor may help put you at ease with a little extra support in the form of reassurance and advice.
- If you are on your period, is it advisable to reschedule your visit to another day unless it is an urgent matter that needs to be immediately looked into.
- The appointment will normally start with a general health check that includes taking your weight, height and testing your blood pressure. Depending on the reason for the visit you may need to get a blood or urine test done too.
- If you do get any tests done during your appointment, be sure to follow up with the hospital and get your results as soon as possible. If instructed to do so, be sure to schedule another appointment with your gynecologist so that he/she can go over the reports with you.
- Being honest about your concerns, issues and sexual history will give your doctor a better idea of how best to help you.
- Gynecological examinations may seem a bit uncomfortable but they are usually not painful.
- If you feel nervous going alone, take a friend or family member with you and have them wait outside in the waiting area.
- Try to avoid engaging in any sexual activity or using tampons at least two days before visiting your gynecologist. Sexual activity can result in irritating the tissues of your vagina which may tamper with the results of any physical tests and examinations.