OK, it’s time to go to the gynaecologist. Let's guess – you’re not that into it, right? Think about it like this. Children hate going to the doctor because they’re afraid they might get an injection. They panic, but it’s really not that bad. Well, the gynae is the same way! You may panic, but it’s not that bad at all. You may actually feel better once you’ve gone. And the great news? No injections! So now that we’ve got you calmed down, let us fill you in on the basics you need to know before you go. What is a gynaecologist?
A gynaecologist (guy-nuh-COLL-uh-jist) is a doctor who specialises in women's reproductive health. A gynaecologist performs pelvic (also called gynaecological or internal) exams. They might check your chest for proper breast growth, too.What is a Pap smear test?
The Pap smear test (cervical screening) is a screening test for cancer of the cervix and may also show evidence of vaginal infections such as yeast, Trichomoniasis or viral infection. If your Pap smear test shows inflammation, other tests may be used to diagnose the condition.What is a speculum?
A speculum is an instrument that's inserted into the vagina and gently opened so that a doctor can check the vaginal lining and cervix, and take specimens for further tests.What is a pelvic exam?
A pelvic exam, which also might be called a gynaecological or internal exam, is when a doctor (like a gynaecologist) examines a woman's external and some internal genital areas and reproductive organs. The doctor uses a speculum for parts of the internal exam. They will ask you questions about your menstrual cycle, too, to make sure your body is healthy.
Have you gone to the gynaecologist? Was it as scary as you thought it’d be?