Going to the gynaecologist is like getting abducted by aliens. You will be uncomfortably probed, and you don’t want to be there. However, unlike an alien abduction, this appointment is necessary to your health. You’re supposed to visit your gyno at least once a year for your annual exam. However, that doesn’t mean many of us don’t go out of our way to avoid it.
With a table full of contraptions and super intimate questions you have to answer out loud, it’s just an exhausting and intimidating experience sometimes. We’ve rounded up some of the top confessions from real women about the gyno. Get ready to cringe, laugh, and maybe even cry. These confessions get real, and I’m sure many of you can also relate to some of them.
Ladies, we’ve got to stick together and support one another…and also giggle at some odd confessions every now and then. That’s totally allowed. And you can also question yourself on some of these comments. Have you ever felt this way? Maybe, maybe not. But these confessions are definitely relevant. What do you have on your mind when your laying on the table, legs spread about, waiting for everything to be over? The mind tends to wander into various territories from lude to maybe just strange. Either way, there is nothing off limits. Prepare yourself for some of these juicy confessions.
15. Pap Smears Suck, But They’re Totally Necessary!
Many women actually have some form of cervical cancer, though it is rarely deadly, it is still imperative to take care of yourself. Pap smears are a bit painful and totally uncomfortable, but you need them. It lasts less than a minute and feels like a pinch. A Pap smear is a method of cervical screening and can really answer a lot of questions about your cervical health as well.
There’s always the option to discuss the procedure with your gynecologist beforehand as well. They’re there to answer any questions you may have. And trust me, whether it’s your first or tenth visit, you will definitely have some questions. Exams last about 15 minutes; think about it. That’s less than an hour a year that you’re ‘sacrificing’ for your health.
14. You Can Never Be Too Safe
Having unprotected sex is unsafe, and can have detrimental consequences. It’s better to be safe than sorry. But there’s nothing wrong with experimenting, either. If you want to try something and you feel comfortable doing so, then that is totally fine and completely up to you. However, you want to be open and honest with your partner, or partners, and be sure to set boundaries.
Talking about boundaries may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it will set you up for a safe and pressure free environment. It is important for you to be comfortable and accepting of your own choices. Never let anyone push you or pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do. And most important of all, you need to be open and honest with your gyno. That’s what they’re there for!
13. If It Smells Fishy Booboo Then You’ve Gotz A Problemmmm
Everyone is different, and so are our scents. It’s very common for women to be self-conscious about their odors, especially any odors that come from down there. Guess what, everyone’s got a different smell down there, okay?! Some more odorous than others, but that’s totally normal.
The only time it is a real issue is if it’s accompanied by itching and/or burning. Yeah, that’s a problem! If you feel self-conscious about any smells down there, then use a specialty wash for you ‘V’. You can find them in any drug store. Or you could just use a feminine care wipe prior to getting busy with your significant other. A few swipes and you’re as good as new. There’s no need to be scared of your odors.
12. Are We Really Being Judged Down There?!
As if we aren’t being judged enough throughout life, now we have to worry about our doctors judging us…down there? Well, honestly, they probably actually aren’t. That’s not the point. If a gyno says something about the look down there that doesn’t have anything to do with health, then it’s inappropriate and could call for legal action.
But I suppose receiving a compliment is…okay. Right? Well, actually no. Don’t compliment me down there, and don’t insult me either. Just let me know whether I’m healthy or not. I don’t think I’m asking for too much here. No unnecessary comments are appreciated about that area. All though, if you like a compliment, that’s totally fine too. To each their own. However, it’s okay if you can do without any comments about your ‘V’ too.
11. All Gynos Must Come With An Emergency Hotline
Things happen, so why isn’t there a 24/7 app or hotline to call a gyno for questions? Someone needs to hop on board of this idea and run with it because I’m sure many women out there would use it. Haven’t you ever been exploring down there and all of the sudden run into a bump, or something that feels odd? And suddenly you realize it’s a long, holiday weekend and your panic has to wait for it to end before you can speak to any medical professions.
Sure, most of the time it’s nothing and just us over reacting. But still, it would be nice to have some reassurance even during odd hours of the night. When your gyno tells you it’s just an ingrown hair, sure you feel a little dumb, but they also tell you that they’re glad you decided to get it checked out as well.
10. We Tend To Self Medicate Most Of The Time
Yeast infections are common, annoying, uncomfortable, and usually self-treatable. Your gyno will always tell you to ring them up if you have the symptoms of a yeast infection so they can ensure it is one. On the down side, yeast infections and bacterial infections have similar side effects and are often confused when we are self-diagnosing. However, they are treated differently.
It doesn’t hurt to grab an over the counter treatment for what you assume is your run of the mill yeast infection. However, if it doesn’t get better in a few days, ring your gyno. Trust me, you want to get rid of the itchiness and burning that’s taken over your life—and it will! Yeast infections are no fun, but thankfully they are easy to treat.
9. Things Get Very, VERY Personal
I would love to see a list of typical questions that gynecologists ask their patients. What a list that would be! Most importantly, all of these ‘personal’ questions would be off limits to most other people, but with your gyno, when it comes to the health of your ‘V’ they will catch you off guard with some of their questions.
Your gynecologist’s job is to ensure your health, which means making sure your ‘V’ is as healthy as can be. They will ask you questions on just about anything dealing with that area from if you’ve ever had an abortion to how many partners you’ve had. Do not get offended or put off by this. They aren’t asking you this to be fresh, they simply need to know these things for your benefit.
8. “I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It”
Going to the gyno can feel like you’re getting grilled by a gossip columnist. They will ask you questions about your sexual history because it’s their job! You shouldn’t be ashamed of your sexual history either. What’s done is done, and now you’re having your annual exam because you care about your body.
It’s important for you to be as honest as possible with your gyno, and this is for your own good. You will have to be more open with your gyno than you are with even your best friend. And go ahead and ask them questions as well if you aren’t sure how to answer something. Your gyno is on your side. They simply need to know certain things to know what they should be looking for during screenings, and what kind of tests to run to ensure you’re healthy.
7. It’s Cool To Miss A Waxing Session Or Two
We’ve all been there! Should I shave? Maybe just a good bikini wax will do, no need to go all Brazilian. Should I clean up the area? Frankly, gynos don’t care about all of that? If you’re an au natural girl, then do you. There’s no need to waste a coveted appointment at the European Wax Center or anything like that. Plus, the last thing you want to do is nix yourself with a razor too!
Keep up with your usual routine because all your gyno cares about it is your ‘V’s health, and they need to go deeper than the surface to make sure. So how your ‘V’ looks is no big deal. They’ve seen it all. There’s nothing like wasting a good wax session on a 15-minute pelvic exam.
6. Sensual Fantasies About Your Gyno?
Okay, I think we can all cop to having odd ball sexual fantasies about inappropriate people here and there. Hey, we’re all human. Weird things happen. Our brains still have a lot of mystery to them and how they work. Plus, have you ever tried to control your thoughts only to have your mind wander further? Yup, that happens.
Having fantasies about your gyno, I guess, isn’t so odd. I’m sure it’s quite common. I mean, hello, they’re getting up close and personal with your ‘V’. The only thing that would make things weird, and unethical, is acting on those fantasies. Just don’t do it. Keep your thoughts and hands to yourself. Fantasies should remain just that, fantasies. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure you will have to find a new gyno, and I’m sure it was hard enough to find that one.
5. The Waiting Room Is Apparently Also A Pickup Scene
Love at first gyno appointment? That would make for quite a messed up romantic comedy film, don’t you think? We can’t help it. Sometimes we just run into some really attractive people in the most inconvenient of places. However, the waiting room of your gynecologist should be a safe zone. People are not in their best mindsets here, most of the time. Imagine if they’re super nervous and then you just go up to them and start hitting on them.
I imagine they definitely will not be receptive and possibly even offended. If you really must make a move on someone, perhaps the parking lot is a safer area to do so. Never in the waiting room. Just don’t do it. Most people in the waiting room don’t want to be there in the first place.
4. Looking For A Good Gyno Is Like Looking For A Great Guy
Gyno shopping is a real thing, and it’s just as difficult as dating. At some point, the One eventually comes along, but you have kiss a lot of frogs before that. If you haven’t reached this point of your hunt for a good gyno, then I promise you will soon. If you’re going to let someone get very up close and personal with you, you need to have a trusting relationship. Yes, that even refers to your gyno.
A great gyno will listen to you, ask you questions, and not judge you. The non-judgement part will be a huge factor in choosing your gyno. It’s okay to have a visit with one gyno but totally change your mind afterward. You may have to shop around or even ask a girlfriend for a recommendation.
3. Second Opinions Still Apply
Doctors don’t always get it right, do they? If one doc has one diagnosis that they’re sticking to for you, it’s completely common to get a second opinion. The same applies gynos. As women, we may not exactly what is going on, but we know when something is off about our bodies. If you feel something in your gut, don’t be afraid to listen and chase it.
If you aren’t happy with the response from one gyno, take it to another gyno for reassurance. Perhaps they will have a different diagnosis or advice that could help you. Don’t ever be sorry for getting a second opinion. We only get one life and one body to accompany it. You can never be too careful with your health.
2. When Do We Actually Need To Start Taking Care Of Ourselves?
Some doctors will tell you that you should visit a gyno when you turn 18, others will say when you turn 21. Then again, there’s an unwritten rule that once you become sexually active that’s when you need to see a gyno. I guess there’s no perfect age or situation. However, every woman should visit their gyno at least once a year. If something is going wrong down there, it rarely gets better without medical treatment.
Taking care of yourself is a preventative measure that we all must take in order to avoid any serious medical woes. And like I’ve said before, it doesn’t take long. Yes, someone is getting a full frontal view of you, but this is a trained, medical professional who has the best intentions for you.
1. It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
It is totally fine to be afraid of your first gyno appointment, or even your fifth. But the truth is, there’s nothing to be afraid of! I think this fear is really just in your head. We are taught to think of sexual behavior as taboo and off limits most of our lives, so it’s no wonder any of us have a hard time dealing with gyno appointments. And guys don’t have an equivalent to a gyno, so why do we women have to go through it?
Unfortunately, we just do. And I’m sure if you ask your friends, they will tell you stories about how going to the gyno has benefitted them. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary. Your body will thank you later.
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