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Gynecology Exam

 So, I'm 21 years old, about to be 22 (next month) and I'm going for my first gynecology exam this Friday. I'm seriously nervous and my mother's jokes about 'pulling down your pants and spreading your legs for a complete stranger' totally aren't helping. I've heard a lot of horror stories about the exam itself, how the pap-smear makes you bleed because they do it so roughly and, if you results come back a little strange, they cuta cube of tissue out of your vagina which hurts a lot and makes you bleed forever.

Now, I've never had sex, but I, by no means, have a hymen anymore, so I'm not worried about that. What I am worried about is experiencing some kind of horrible pain that makes me bleed that I'm NOT expecting. (And, before you say anything, no, I don't get cramps when I'm on my period.) Since it's a stranger that I've never met before who's gonna be sticking her hands up there and causing me discomfort (both physical and mental) I was curious if it's really as bad as I've heard or if I'm just nervous because no one besides me has ever seen down there. (At least, no one but me has seen since the last time I wore diapers.)

Help? Anyone?

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sara_super_id
Jun. 4th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
When you go to the exam ask your gyno nicely if she can start with the smallest speculum, and even better if she has a plastic one, which most do these days. The horror stories of gyno exams are becoming more something of the past as newer equipment is made with us in mind. A smaller speculum along with it being plastic instead of cold metal makes the whole thing easier. If she says she doesn't have a small speculum, ask her to warm it up first a little in her hands and see if she can feel around in you first to make sure you know how to relax your muscles enough for it to fit.

The pap smear probably won't cause you to bleed unless there is something wrong, and probably since you have never had sex--you most likley won't have anything wrong--since a lot of cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted virus.

The best things you can do is practice relaxing your muscles down there, like you are trying to pee. And bring something along with you that makes you feel more comfortable, whether its a small stuffed toy to hold or just a piece of soft fabric to have in your hand. If you tense your muscles up on the speculum it can hurt a little bit.

Best of luck!
darning_needle
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
=D Thank you so much! See? That totally helps! I had no idea about any of that since my mother is so used to the 'old fashioned' way of getting it done. All she says it that the things are cold and big. Man, my stress level just took a nosedive. I really appreciate the information!
choirgrrl
Jun. 4th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
I had evil bladder infections as a kid, and basically have had people working "down there" for over 25 years now. It's second nature to me!

The first comment pretty much summed up all advice. It did not mention, however, that the entire process should be relatively quick. Just as you think the "worst" is coming (there is no worst, it's actually not bad at all) it's over, and you're all set to go home.

I have a doctor who lets me read during mine while she's doing her thing. If you feel uncomfortable, why not try this if your doc lets you?
prajnadeidre
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
My doc puts KY on the speculum which helps a lot! Also, I've never had any bleeding or great pain/discomfort. One time I had a biopsy and that hurt a little and there was some blood but nothing that bad. It's very unlikely you'll have a biopsy at this point. Good luck!
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