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What exams do you take at a gynecologist?

What exams do you take at a gynecologist?

Depends on your age: Typically, no pelvic or breast exam is needed for a teen. Birth control can be safely prescribed. Blood pressure is routinely checked, however. A vaginal infection will, however, require a minimal exam. In the early 20's on up, a breast and pelvic exam, with pap test is standard. There has recently been some adjustments as to the frequency of pap tests, as well as starting and stopping ages. ...Read more

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Obstetrics And Gynecology (Definition)

Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more


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What happens during your first gynecologist exam?

What happens during your first gynecologist exam?

First gyn exam: Completion of physical - height/weight, head neck, heart and lung exam. Check of abdomen and instruction and exam of breasts. Pelvic exam by speculum and manual exam. Al exams would be with answering questions. ...Read more

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What can I expect from my first gynecologist exam?

What can I expect from my first gynecologist exam?

Annual exam: Assuming it is a routine exam with no problems, your gynecologist will first meet with you to take your personal history. He will then examine you. This will include a pelvic examination which includes the insertion of a small instument into your vagina so he can see, the taking of a pap smear, and the insertion of his fingers into your vagina to feel for any abnormalities. It is painless. ...Read more

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When should a lady get her first gynecologist exam?

When should a lady get her first gynecologist exam?

Depends: Most recommend pelvic exams by 21 or within two years of starting sexual activity.Some peds/adolescent med/fps provide these services as part of ongoing care of their patient population. Any sexual activity requires surveylance for std's. Your primary care provider may refer you for specific consultations when necessary. ...Read more

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How are exams performed during gynecologist visits?

How are exams performed during gynecologist visits?

With the doctor's...: With his hands, eyes, ears, and nose. A stethoscope helps him hear sounds in the chest and abdomen. Several types of electric lights help him better see the mouth, throat, vulva, vagina, and cervix. Magnifying glasses are sometimes used. A vaginal speculum holds the vaginal walls apart so he can look inside. Gloves protect his hands as he checks inside the vagina with 2 fingers. All very routine. ...Read more

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Could a gynecologist give you a full "down there" exam if you are a virgin?

Could a gynecologist give you a full "down there" exam if you are a virgin?

No exam needed: In a woman without symptoms, having normal periods, and has had no potential exposure to std's or to the hpv virus, there is no need to have a vaginal examination. ...Read more

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I am having my first gynecologist exam and I am super nervous especially for the enternal exam what will they do will it hurt?

I am having my first gynecologist exam and I am super nervous especially for the enternal exam what will they do will it hurt?

Discuss with doctor: When you arrive at your appointment let the doctor know this is your first visit. They will be happy to guide you through the process. They will talk with you and address your needs and concerns and then only do an exam if it is appropriate to your current problems. ...Read more

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Is it normal that the gynecologist did a rectal exam?

Is it normal that the gynecologist did a rectal exam?

Yes: A rectal exam is often included during a pelvic exam. You should not consider this abnormal. ...Read more

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I am 17 and I haven't gone to the gynecologist yet or had a vaginal exam should I go or wait I will be 18 in a month?

I am 17 and I haven't gone to the gynecologist yet or had a vaginal exam should I go or wait I will be 18 in a month?

Obgyn visit: If you are sexually active or having a Gynecologic problem then schedule a visit. Birth control counseling and STD testing can be done. If you are not sexually active and just asking about timing of a first Obgyn visit then the answer is different. Routine pap smear testing begins at 21. HPV vaccination should be done. ...Read more

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Why does the gynecologist have you urinate before starting the exam?

Why does the gynecologist have you urinate before starting the exam?

Examination: Having a full bladder can make the exam uncomfortable for the patient, as well as make it more difficult to find any abnormalities. Also, the urinalysis can be useful in diagnosing other potential problems. ...Read more

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Should i go to a gynecologist or a family physician for my annual exam?

Should i go to a gynecologist or a family physician for my annual exam?

FP: I like fp better because there are multiple other things that are addressed during such (vaccination, cancer screenings), while gyn providers tend to concentrate on gyn related issues only. ...Read more

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I have a phobia of gynecologist and pelvic exams. What can I do about this?

I have a phobia of gynecologist and pelvic exams. What can I do about this?

Deep breathing: First please tell your gynecologist about this before the day of your visit. Second - consider deep breathing exercises. Inhale deeply through nose, hold in lungs for five count, and then slowly exhale through an open mouth. Repeat x 12. Some women may need an anxiolytic medication prior a pelvic examination if they spasm too much. Take care. ...Read more

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If you're going to the gynecologist for birth control, and you're a virgin will they still give you a vag exam.

If you're going to the gynecologist for birth control, and you're a virgin will they still give you a vag exam.

Maybe: Pap smear is not considered a requirement for birth control prescribing. For women who are not sexually active, it may not be necessary until age 23. Depending on risks and non-intercourse behavior, the doc may still want to do an exam for sexually transmitted infections. If any other issues eg abnormal bleeding, an exam may be indicated. ...Read more

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When you go to the gynecologist do they have to do the breast exam?

When you go to the gynecologist do they have to do the breast exam?

No but should: They don't have to do it if you refuse that portion of the exam but it is a normal part of a complete history and physical examination and a sign of a thorough physician. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to shave down there for your gynecologist visit.. I've never done a pelvic exam and I'm nervous any tips ?? What should I do ?

Are you supposed to shave down there for your gynecologist visit.. I've never done a pelvic exam and I'm nervous any tips ?? What should I do ?

No need to shave: There is no need to shave pubic hair. The more people who shave their pubic hair, the more pressure there will be upon other people to also shave their pubic hair. Since there is nothing inherently abnormal about pubic hair, there is no reason to shave pubic hair. It's just fashion. If one is a teen, she has many other more important things to do, so pubic hair should not be an issue. ...Read more

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What causes some gynecologists to put women under anesthesia for a regular pelvic exam?

What causes some gynecologists to put women under anesthesia for a regular pelvic exam?

That's unusual.: The only patients that i've ever anesthetized for a pelvic exam were children. It would be extraordinarily unusual for a patient to need anesthesia for a routine pelvic exam. I could understand however that some women with very painful conditions or a history of a traumatic experience may benefit from some sedation prior to their pelvic exam, but not a general anesthetic. ...Read more

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Pain when gynecologist moves my womb in pelvic exam. What does this mean?

Pain when gynecologist moves my womb in pelvic exam. What does this mean?

Pelvic Exam: It is quite common to experience pain and discomfort during a pelvic exam. If this never happened before, it might signify a low grade infection of the adnexal sfructures (broad ligament, fallopian tubes, ovaries). I would definitely discuss this with your gynecologist. ...Read more