For every woman, the dreaded gynecology exam is part of life. Why oh why do we have to go through such uncomfortable procedures?
Annual Gynecology Exam
Although no one likes to have a pap smear or pelvic exam done, it's very important to your health now and in the future. A gynecological exam checks to make sure that your reproductive organs are healthy and helps your doctor detect medical conditions like yeast infections or abnormal Pap smears that if left untreated could become serious health issues.
During your exam your doctor is checking the size and shape of your external and internal reproductive organs, including the vulva, vagina, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
What does it feel like?
COLD! You will feel touching with gloved fingers on the outside of your genitals. During the annual exam you will feel two fingers in the vagina and the other hand on the abdomen gently pressing the tissue between the two hands. Next, your doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina. The speculum comes in different sizes and some doctors will warm it to minimize discomfort.
During your exam, you will also be given a Pap test, which is a screening test that helps your doctor detect cellular changes in your cervix (the opening to the womb at the end of the vagina).
If you haven't had gynecology exam ever or it's been awhile, now is the time to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist in your area today.