Your Columbus gynecologist Dr. Otto Umana would like to take a moment to explain what to expect on your first gynecologist visit, from making the appointment to asking your most embarrassing questions about your vagina.
Your first visit to a gynecologist can be compared to when a woman gets her first period, or buys her first bra, except this time, it’s more invasive and has to do with your vagina. Before you walk into office of your Columbus gynecologist, put your anxiety aside and relax with this information that will help you take control of your body and your health as a woman.
Choosing Your Columbus Gynecologist: Ask your friends, look at reviews, and try to find a doctor who is right for you. The first visit should not be viewed with apprehension.
Go Back in Time: After you choose your gynecologist, it’s important for you to review your sexual and menstrual history. The number of partners you’ve had, the age you started having sex, and your method of birth control is all relevant information you should tell your Columbus gynecologist.
To Shave or Not to Shave? Gynecologists do not expect their patients to shave their vulva since pubic hair is not as dense as the hair on the scalp, and it can easily be moved aside during the examination. The only expectation your gynecologist has is basic hygiene — take a shower or a bath within 24 hours.
Behind Closed Doors: The most frightening part of your first visit has arrived — going into the exam room. If you’re still nervous at this point, tell your Columbus gynecologist that it’s your first time, so they can guide you step-by-step through the procedure.
Breast Exam: During an exam, your doctor will ask you to lay back and check your breast and underarms for any lumps. Women should do breast self-exams regularly, and if you’re not sure how to do this, you can ask your Columbus gynecologist and he or she will show you how.
Pelvic Exam: After the breast exam comes the pelvic exam. Your doctor will lay you on your back and gently press several areas of your lower stomach to see if you experience any discomfort prior to the exam. At the initial start of the exam, the speculum and the spatula, will be used to examine your vagina.
Women should have their first gynecological exam when they are 18 years old, but it’s recommended earlier than 18 if they are sexually active or have a medical problem requiring a pelvic exam. If you’d like to schedule your first exam call your Columbus gynecologist Dr. Otto Umana today.