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A 43-year-old member asked:

First gynecology exam :( really scared and nervous. what can i expect?

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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 13 years experience
Good for you: I applaud you for seeing a gynecologist. All women should see their gynecologist annually for a pelvic examination. At the visit, you can get all your questions answered about birth control, prevention of stds, any issues with your menstrual cycle, pregnancy preparation/advice, and other women's health issues like mammograms, vaccinations, vitamins, etc. Just stay relaxed.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Here is a simple but: Helpful trick: breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to.

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