Your first visit to the gynaecologist can be a little scary, but the truth is there's nothing to be afraid of. In fact, at your first gynae visit, you talk more than anything else about your life, your feelings, your body, puberty and the changes your body is going through. The first part, the talking part, is the interview. The actual exam (the physical part you're probably nervous about) takes only a few minutes!Exam Prep
After the interview, you'll be left in the room to undress and put on a gown, or just remove some of your lower clothing. You'll feel more comfortable if you go to the toilet before the exam. Ask the nurse if you need to produce a urine sample (pee in a cup) before you start. The nurse will instruct you how to undress. She’ll probably give you a robe or a sheet to cover your lap. Then everyone will leave the room until you’re ready.Gynaecological Exam
When your doctor comes in, they will have a nurse or assistant in the room during the exam. You can ask your mum, sister or friend to come in, too, if it makes you more comfortable. The doctor, nurse or assistant will check your height, weight, blood pressure, heart, and glands in your neck, underarms, belly and pelvic area, just like during a standard check-up at the paediatrician's.
At this first gynae visit, if you're not having problems with your periods like excessive bleeding or severe cramping, your doctor will most likely only examine the outside of your vagina and surrounding areas very quickly to make sure everything looks normal. Just lie back and relax, and if you feel uncomfortable, let your doctor know. If you get ticklish, giggly or uncomfortable, it helps to take your mind off of the exam by staring at a person or something in the room. It's over very quickly! Breast Exam
The doctor will also check your breasts to make sure they are developing normally and don't have any lumps or cysts. For the breast exam, the doctor will examine your breasts with their fingers in a rolling motion, kind of like gently kneading bread, and will gently squeeze each nipple to make sure nothing comes out. The doctor may also explain how to examine your own breasts so that you can perform a self exam each month. If he or she doesn't offer, ask! It's important to get to know your own breasts and notice any changes in them as they develop.You’ve Finished!
After your exam, the doctor and nurse will clear out and let you get dressed. You may have a follow-up conversation with the doctor to discuss anything that may have come up in the exam, answer any additional questions you may have and let you know when to book your next appointment.
Have you been to the gynae yet? It wasn’t that bad, was it?