Whether it’s your first time visiting the gynaecologist or you are a seasoned pro, the idea of having to talk to someone about your intimate health let alone have someone poking around your body can be a little intimidating!
So to help you feel better prepared and more at ease The Portland Hospital’s Dr. Iskaros has helped us put together this handy guide...
Why is it important to see your gynaecologist regularly?
Visiting your gynaecologist regularly is important for two key reasons…
To get accurate information and confidential answers to any questions you may have about your body, your sexual and reproductive health e.g. contraception, periods etc.
To recognise, prevent and treat any health concerns or conditions e.g. Irregular periods
Before your visit
Once you have scheduled your appointment, take the time in advance to think about any questions that are important to you to ask your gynaecologist for example about:
Irregular or painful periods
Changes in your body
It may also be helpful to talk to the women in your family about their medical histories so you can speak with your doctor about whether the same concerns will affect you
On the day of your visit
Unless your doctor advises otherwise, there is no need to do any special preparation for your appointment. Once you arrive, you will most likely have a preliminary chat with your doctor, to discuss any concerns or questions as well as your sexual activity.
If a physical examination is needed you will then be taken to an examination room, given a hospital gown to change into and once you have done so asked to sit on an examination table where your doctor accompanied by a nurse will examine you.
Types of examination you may be given
Physical and Genital Exam
This includes your doctor feeling your breasts, pelvis, abdomen and external genitalia to check for any abnormalities.
Your doctor will insert a lubricated speculum into your vagina to check for any abnormalities like cysts, erosions, or irritations.
Your gynaecologist will lubricate her/his two (second and third) fingers and insert them into your vagina, they will put another hand on your abdomen in order to palpate the uterus and ovaries and check for any swelling or growths.
After your visit
After your visit, your gynaecologist’s office will follow up with any test results or recommendations via phone or email.