Your gynaecologist visit will be very fruitful if you know certain things beforehand. The most important aspect to be taken into consideration is that you should not be shy. Speak your mind and address all your apprehensions. Ask as much as you can from your doctor. Don’t shy! Remember she can help you only if you share information with her/him. Refer to the points given below:
Find a gynaecologist who you are comfortable with
A Gynaecologist is someone with whom you share a lot of personal information, so she should be matching in frequency with you. Some people are comfortable with a female doctor. Your doctor should be honest and be able to discuss all your problems in detail.
Keep your questionnaire ready
Jot down your questions and ask them during your visit lest you forget and left in confusion. Tell all about your sexual history, menstrual history, contraceptive history, PAP test and STD testing. Don’t be shy.
Make a record of your periods
This record is extremely helpful in assessing your reproductive and hormonal health. If periods are overdue or irregular pregnancy or any other hormonal disease needs to be looked into.
Be true to your gynaecologist
If you hide something, it might do you more harm than good. Try to give every small detail to your doctor. Remember your gynaecologist will not be judgemental about anything you share so be honest and don’t lie about anything.
Give your medical history correctly
You as well as your family’s medical history is important to plan your screening, investigation and treatment plan. Your current health status is correctly judged by your medical history.
This is a very important screening test which almost all Indian females choose to ignore. It should ideally start at age 21 to make sure you don’t have any sexually transmitted disease or any precancerous change in the cervix. Do not have sex or use any vaginal tablet or douche 24 hours before the visit. These precautions can make the examination more informative and PAP smear more reliable
It consists of general examination, breast, abdominal and pelvic examination.
Per speculum examination- A lubricated speculum is inserted in the vagina to check for abnormalities and take PAP smear. It is not painful, but yes pressure is felt. You should be cooperative during speculum examination, breathe and relax for it to be more comfortable and informative.
Per vaginum examination- Also called as finger test. Doctor will insert two lubricated fingers inside the vagina and palmate the pelvic organs the uterus, ovaries for any swelling or growth.
So the bottom line is comfort, confidence, cooperation, communication is of utmost importance in a doctor patient relationship and this has to be an effort from both sides. Find the right gynaecologist who suits your needs and follow the dictum ‘One size does not fit all’. Maybe someone good for your friend does not suit you.