What You Should Know
Obstetrics and gynaecology is the branch of medicine that deals exclusively with the treatment of women. It focuses mostly on the maternity care before birth, support pregnancy and the after treatment. It is basically the caring of women. The term “obstetrics & gynaecology” is used for any disease that is related to a woman’s reproductive and urinary system.
What to Expect at a Gynaecologist Appointment
Women tend to be anxious when visiting the gynaecologist for the first time because the checkups involves a very private and personal examination. Knowing what to expect may ease your anxiousness.
As with any other doctor you will need to register and fill out the necessary forms. You will also be asked about your sexual history which can be a little embarrassing. This is done to ascertain the condition of your health, as well as about your safe sex practices (or lack thereof) so that you can be advised on how to take care of yourself.
You must be comfortable with gynaecologist because the doctor will have to examine your outer and inner vaginal area. You may be asked to put your feet up on stirrups so that the doctor can examine your vaginal area. The doctor will use his/her fingers to feel your uterus and ovaries then use a speculum to take a swab sample of your inner vaginal area.
You will also have to permit the doctor to examine your breasts. You will have to lift your arms and let the doctor check the surface of your breast and the underarm area for problems. This is a short procedure and can take up to a minute. Just look away or up at the ceiling if you're embarrassed.
You may be asked to take a test for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). This requires a swab, a urine test , or a blood test (or all three).
Overcoming a Fear of the Gynecologist
There are various fears that many women tend to have of the gynaecologist, which may interfere with your examination . There are many women who avoid visiting the gynaecologist due to their insecurities. This tends to be a problem, since early detection is a very important key to treating various types of cancer and certain sexually transmitted diseases.
Don't Feel Embarrassed About Going to a Male Gynaecologist
The biggest fear that many women have is feeling "exposed" in front of their gynaecologist, which tends to lead to awkwardness. Gynaecologist examines many patients daily. Their sole purpose is to make sure that everything is functioning correctly. The most significant thing that you need to do is choose a gynaecologist that you feel comfortable with.
Be Open About Your Sexual History With Your Gynaecologist
Gynaecologists do not pass judgment on their patients. Even if your gynaecologist does pass judgment, there are certain health reasons that should prevent you from lying to him or her about your sexual history. For example, if you lie about only ever having one sex partner, it is likely that your gynecologist may choose to not give you a very important std test. This can be a problem if you actually have that std. Being completely open about your sexual history, and anything else that your doctor may ask you, is very important.
Is it Painfull?
One of the main things that women tend to worry about is experiencing pain during their examination. It usually just feels uncomfortable. Unless there is some type of sexual health issue that you are experiencing, it is likely that you will not feel any pain. Relax during your examination.
Share Any Symptoms With Your Gynaecologist
If you have experienced any odd symptoms, you may feel a bit embarrassed about sharing them with your gynaecologist. No matter how embarrassed you may be, it is important to be honest about what symptoms you do or do not have