A Gynaecologist or OB/GYN are those with whom you should be able to discuss the most intimate details about yourself. It definitely could be awkward at first however sharing such information is crucial for your health. A great rapport between you and your Gynaecologist will go a long way in ensuring your overall well-being.
So, if you are having second thoughts about visiting a Gynaecologist, here’s a quick checklist of things you should know/do:
1. Choose the right gynaecologist
Since they are going to be the one to know your personal details, they need to be trusted. Hence, the ideal way to go about with the process is through references. Check with your friends & relatives while you do your background research on the Gynaecologist. Choosing the right one is important because it would be easier to share stuff with someone whom you trust. Besides, you wouldn’t want to repeat those first awkward visits again. Also, choosing a male or female Gynaecologist is totally up to you.
2. You can bring someone along on your visit
The first visit can be made slightly less awkward if you get a company. Now, whether you want them to patiently wait outside or be a part of your check-up is completely your call. For many women, the presence of a support system helps them be more vocal and descriptive about their problems. A good companion helps you ease out into sharing your intimate details.
3. Be honest about everything with your gynaecologist
Inside a Gynaecologist’s clinic, honesty is a healthy policy. You can be nervous but you MUST share all the details about your privates. A good doctor will make you feel comfortable while asking you a lot of questions. It’s their job to address all your problems, be it about vaginal odour, a weird discharge, menstruation or reproductive health. It’s okay to ask questions and there’s absolutely no reason to be embarrassed about them. All information shared with your Gynaecologist is kept private & confidential.
4. There’s no need to wax/shave your pubic hair
You don’t have to be conscious about your privates or bother beautifying them for your visit. The Gynaecologists have seen it all and know how to work their way around them. However, one thing that you must be mindful of is being clean down there. A simple vaginal wipe is all you need to do prior to your visit. Especially if you have any tests due then DO NOT wax or shave since it may cause inflammation.
5. When you’re going to get some tests done:
If the reason for your visit is a few tests, here are a few things that will stop you from going into a panic mode. First of all, relax. Try to relax your butt, stomach, and vaginal muscles so you’re more comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, during some tests, you are likely to feel a little uncomfortable but it must not cause you any pain. If it does, you should immediately inform the doctor.
Unless the problem is about periods, it is advised to not schedule any tests with your Gynaecologist during your menstrual cycle. The blood can make the test results inaccurate while the changing hormones can make you feel uncomfortable.
Also, if you’re going in for a pelvic test, do not have intercourse before the two days to your appointment as it may hamper your accurate results.
6. You don’t need to have a reason to see your gynaecologist
Like we mentioned right at the beginning, a gynaecologist is like your best friend and you don’t need an excuse to meet them. So if you want to discuss the smallest of problems or just want to drop by for a quick chat or consult them for tests, go for it. Be it a conversation about sex, reproductive health or even as small as skin darkening, keep all your inhibitions aside and get them clarified.
You can also know more about menstrual hygiene from our expert session with gynaecologist Rishma Pai here.