You want to be very prepared when you go for your first visit to the gynecologist. The more you’re prepared, the more likely you will address all of your health needs. Look at the following recommendations to help you prepare for your appointment.
First, it is important to make a list of all of the health concerns that you have for this appointment. For instance, if you have unusual bleeding or other issues, you should be sure to put that on a list that you will take with you on your visit. It is very important to address any and all issues that you have. Do not be too shy or embarrassed to ask about something, because you never know what could be serious. There should never be a question that you are afraid to ask.
Think about the timing of your visit. For instance, if you are going for a yearly exam and they will be doing a Pap smear, thing you will need to go when you do not have your menstrual cycle. If you go during that time, they may not be able to do the test and you may have to come back at a later time.
You may also need to prepare yourself mentally for the visit. It may be very uncomfortable at first. You may want a close female relative such as your mother or sister to accompany you. This might make the visit a lot easier.
You can also make things easier by carefully choosing the doctor. For instance, you might feel a lot more comfortable if you visit a woman. You might want to ask female relatives and friends if they could recommend anyone that they are very happy with.
You should also learn about what to expect during your first visit. Typically, when you go for a visit that is just an exam, they will do a Pap smear, which is a test to check for cancer and other conditions. The doctor will also usually do an external and internal exam to feel for masses or other abnormalities that could be an issue. He or she may ask questions that may be personal in nature. Again, it is important to answer truthfully so that he or she can help you safeguard your health. You should also come armed with any questions that you have for him or her.
It is very important to visit the gynecologist on a regular basis. Take the above steps to prepare yourself for this important visit.