People often ask me what can be done to make the experience of a necessary gynecological exam more comfortable. While it is common knowledge that gynecological exams and/or procedures can be uncomfortable or sometimes painful depending on a patient’s level of tolerance, there are certain things that can help ease the experience.
- Before the exam, communicate any concerns or anxieties you may have to your gynecologist. This will help your doctor understand your needs and make adjustments to address them appropriately.
- Schedule your appointment at a time when you are least likely to be stressed, such as mid-cycle or after your menstrual period.
- If you feel more comfortable with a support person present, bring a friend or family member to the appointment.
- Use relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, or other relaxation techniques before and during the exam to help calm your nerves.
- Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have before, during, or after the exam. Understanding what is happening can help reduce anxiety.
- If you feel uncomfortable during the exam, ask for a break. Your gynecologist will be happy to accommodate you.
- Remember, your gynecologist is there to help you, and wants to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Don’t hesitate to speak up if you have any concerns or discomfort.