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6 things you must do before you visit your gynaecologist for a check-up

If you’ve finally decided to visit your gynaecologist for a check-up, kudos to you! We think it’s a great step, but there are a few things to keep in mind before your first visit. Read on to know more!
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It’s better to be prepared before your first gynae visit. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 8 Apr 2021, 05:00 pm IST
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A girl needs to keep her private parts in good shape, and for that a gynecologist is extremely important. But what if you’ve never been to one? Well, that’s not an issue in any way — at least, you’re taking that first step. Are you feeling nervous or anxious? That’s completely normal; after all, who likes a visit to the doctor? But we feel, you must be a little prepared before you venture into the clinic. Don’t worry, there’s no huge prep but a few things that’ll help with streamlining the visit. So, are you ready to find out?

1. Don’t schedule your appointment during your period

Yes, very important, especially if you have plans to get a pelvic exam! That’s because with blood oozing out, your results might not be clear and that’s the last thing you want. Now in case your visit is related to some period problem, then that’s completely different. So, it’s best you check with your gynae and then take a call!

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Period tracking can help you in a number of ways. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Wait to groom your pelvic region

Well, we know that sounds odd! But just because you feel the bush looks unsightly doesn’t mean you need to get a bikini wax, before the appointment. Hold off the urge because hair removal could cause inflammation in the area, making it difficult for the gynae to do your pelvic examination.

3. Avoid douching

This is a practice you should follow otherwise too, appointment or not! Your vaginal discharge may prompt you to douche before that gynae visit, but don’t. That’s because the discharge can help your gynae detect any hormonal imbalance. If there’s a shift in the flora, then the examination will not prove to be useful at all!

4. Don’t have sex the night before

Make sure to remember this for sure, because engaging in sexual intercourse before a pap test will yield no results. What that means is it will make your doctor’s job very tough! Oh, and do not use vaginal lubrication products too. Yes, we know that’s a lot to remember but ladies, these are super important details!

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Please avoid sex before your gynaecologist examination. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Track your periods

That’s because your doctor is going to question you about your periods, and check about the first day of your menstrual cycle. So, it’s better to be prepared. Use the calendar, period tracker or any other tool, but make sure to track your periods, so that your gynae has all the information!

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6. Come prepared with a list of questions

There are so many questions floating in your mind right before your appointment, but you forget to check with your doctor. Happened to all of us, right? That’s why it’s important to make a note of all of them, so that you don’t miss out on anything during your appointment. It could be anything, so don’t feel embarrassed. Your gynae is not going to judge you!

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An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town. ...Read More

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