Your First Visit

Many women feel nervous before their first visit to the gynaecologist. It is quite normal to feel this way and we will do everything to make you comfortable and relaxed during your visit with us. Women often wait for their first visit to the gynaecologist until after their first sexual intercourse, or when they have symptoms such as abnormal vaginal discharge, heavy periods, or severe menstrual cramps. You should schedule your first gynaecological exam by the age of 18 or earlier if you are sexually active.

What happens during your first visit?

During your first visit, your blood pressure, height, and weight are obtained. You and your gynaecologist will sit down together and discuss questions related to your general health, past history, family history, gynaecologic history, sexual health, and lifestyle. . It is important to be honest with your doctor as it provides the doctor with valuable information needed to assess and properly treat you. We want you to feel free to ask your doctor any questions or voice any concerns you may have without reluctance or hesitation, as anything dealing with your health is of extreme importance.

The Pelvic Examination After you and your doctor have discussed your history and any concerns you have, you will be asked to go to a private room and undress so the doctor can perform a thorough exam. You will be given a gown to wear and will be asked to lie on an examining table. Your doctor will then perform a breast examination to look for any abnormal masses or discharge. Your doctor will then prepare you for the pelvic exam by placing your feet in stirrups to widen the legs and enable the doctor to examine you.. Your doctor will assess for the presence of any abnormalities on the outer vaginal area such as warts or lesions. A device called a speculum is then inserted into the vaginal opening to widen the vaginal canal for better viewing. Using a special brush, your doctor obtains a Pap smear by scraping off some cells from your cervix. . This is a painless procedure and is completed within minutes. Your doctor will remove the speculum once this part of the exam is completed. The Pap smear is sent to the laboratory for further analysis to detect any cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in your cervix.

Finally, your doctor inserts one or two fingers inside your vagina while applying pressure on your abdomen in order to feel your reproductive organs, such as the ovaries and uterus, to assess their size and feel for any abnormal growths.

Things to Remember

  • The best time to visit your gynaecologist is one week after your menstrual period A pap smear cannot be obtained if you are menstruating so please plan your appointment appropriately or reschedule if necessary.
  • It is important to try and be as relaxed as possible during your pelvic examination. Try taking deep slow breaths and think of something pleasant to take your mind off the exam. , Relax your legs and open them as wide as you can for the doctor to perform the exam quickly and painlessly..
  • Avoid douching or using vaginal creams at least three days before your appointment.
  • Prepare a list of questions you want to ask your doctor about your sexual and reproductive health. It’s easy to forget what you wanted to discuss once you are at the appointment.
  • You should follow up with your gynaecologist at least once annually in order to maintain good overall health.