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Learn How to Make the Gynecologist Appointment Better

written by: Kathy Foust • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 4/24/2010

Once a woman learns how to make the gynecologist appointment better, that's one less woman issue that she needs to get keyed up about. This article was created to help ease the stress placed on women who have to go to these appointments.

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    Prepare for the Appointment

    Part of learning how to make the gynecologist appointment better is being prepared ahead of time for the appointment. If this is the first trip to the gynecologist, then the fears are especially compounded by dealing with the unknown. It's hard enough to go to the appointment when you know what to expect, but if you haven't been there before, all sorts of thoughts may go through your mind. There are ways to make this appointment much easier and less traumatic.

    • Perform detailed hygiene. The fact is that the part of the body that is being examined is one of the most personal parts of the body. Part of the nervousness that exists over the gynecologist appointment is that such a personal part of the body is being examined. Prepare by doing a thorough cleaning.
    • Seek out empathy and experience. If this is the first trip to the gynecologist, then why not seek out those with previous experience? They have been through this and can explain in detail what will happen. They can also relate to the fears that are present due to this appointment.
    • Make a list. Perhaps there are questions you would like to ask. Maybe you have some concerns about the things that are going on with your body. The gynecologist is better able to answer your questions and address your concerns if they are specific and up front. Prepare ahead of time by writing down your questions and concerns. Not only does this help to develop them so that you are getting the information that you seek, but it can also be convenient to read from the list if you are too nervous to voice your concerns in the flow of normal conversation.
    • Bring your schedule. Some of the things the gynecologist needs to know are things about your menstrual period. This means keeping track of when your period starts, how long it lasts and what type of experience this is for. For instance, if you experience particularly painful cramps, this is something your gynecologist needs to know. If you don't have cramps but have an extremely heavy or extremely light flow, this information should be made available to the gynecologist.

    Knowing how to make the gynecologist appointment better is simply a matter of adjusting things so that they are comfortable for you. Writing lists and questions is especially helpful if you are very shy about discussing your body or you forget things easily. If need be, you can always hand your list and schedule to your gynecologist so that you never even have to speak with them about their concerns.

    The gynecologist appointment is going to be uncomfortable. It's also something that needs to be done on a regular basis for the entirety of a woman's life. It's best if you can find a gynecologist that you are comfortable with so that communication can be easily done and you and the gynecologist can both stay well informed about what's going on with your feminine health.

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    References

    wpahs.org (editor..the specific link is http://www.wpahs.org/patients/health/index.cfm?mode=view&healthtopic=154 but I didn't know if you wanted the specific link or just the site name.)