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Gumdrop Girl
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you can go with or without your mum. that's your choice. but it's good to have some kind of moral support on your first trip. maybe another relative or a good friend?

as for cost, i dunno how it works in Aus. In the US, we pay for stuff. Beppie would know, though.

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thankyou..
does it hurt?
and im not sure if i shld have a female or male doc?

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it only hurts if you are tense and nervous. the first few times, i was kinda freaked out, and i was howling bloody murder. but then i mellowed out and realized that it wasn't bad at all. the hard part is getting accustomed to how it feels to have someone tinkering around your genitals. i had always guarded mine pretty closely, so letting anyone near them was difficult. you just have to breathe deep and accept it.

as for male or female, you are allowed to take that into account when you choose a gynecologist. both genders do an equally good job. some folks feel more comfortable with a female gynecologist. i do, but i will take whoever's available. i'm also a good sport and allow medical students to practice on me. it helps when i talk them through the examination because i can tell they're more nervous than me


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yea..
thankyou for your help..
i am goin 2 book an appointment...
i think id rather female doctor..nd i m onli 14 so yea

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Hi, I just wanted to post about this topic too. I have to go in for a routine GYN exam . I began going to the dr. for these from the time I was 15 yrs. old .I'm in my late 20's and STILL I get very nervous about going in for these . But I know that they are very important to my health. My last exam I had me worried tho. My dr. said I was fine , and everything was okay . However she wanted to refer me onto get my hymen cut off , which I call my Jungfernhäutchen (it's German for hymen). To say I was shocked and replied " Cut off ? ... I don't think so ." I told her. What I was born with and what God (or whomever)put there stays on me. I was just shocked that after 4 yrs. of seeing my dr. she would bring this up. She wanted me to go to my local Planned Parenthood to have them give me the "chop" down there so to speak. Personally I have dealt with my local Planned Parenthood before in the past and I had a VERY scary experience with those people and never went back. Let me say that I had sex previously (I'm not a virgin). But what I have done was read up on all that I could about still having a hymen in my late 20's. Though I don't believe this to be uncommon , what shocked me is that my current dr. urged me to get my hymen removed surgically. I don't experience any pain from it still being there. I don't believe in using tampons because of the TSS syndrome(toxic shock syndrome). Whenever I do have sex with my BF we take it slow and always practice safe sex all the time. So here again I'm about to go in and get another GYN exam done. This time I may drag my boyfriend in with me incase the dr. tries to get me to have my hymen removed. I view it like this , "if it ain't broke don't fix it." My boyfriend and I talked honestly about this and he thinks if it poses no threat to my health it should stay and he has no complaints. And I agree with my man . But it still worries me that the dr. would even bring this hymen removal topic to me . I'm just one of those rare women that still has hers and it won't break anytime soon. Any replies or advice on this would greatly be appericiated and ease my worry. Has any other woman had this happen to them in a GYN exam about hymen removal? Or am I the only one ? I plan to stand by my decision if my Dr. keeps pestering me about it and my decision will still be no.

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If your hymenal tissue is not bothering you, then there's no reason for a hymenectomy. None. Women have even given BIRTH with some forms of semi-intact hymens. So.

And it's not that rare: most hymens don't "break," they erode over time, and the rate of that wearing away varies widely.

If this doc gives you trouble about it, it's time for a new one.

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Hi Miz Scarlet ,
Thanks so much for your reply to my post . I highly agree with you . I assume my dr. made a big issue over it because she can't find anything else to tell me , other than to take my Calcium and Vitamin D (which I know of already) not taking it will cause Osteoperosis ( thinning/ weakening of the bones)when I get to be way older (forgive my spelling and grammar errors). Other than that I'm a non-smoker, non- drinker and I enjoy riding my bicycle everyday . Thanks for the reply . I will keep this in mind when I have to go in next time . Take care .- Mae

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I was wondering if the doctor uses lube for any kind of insertion.
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Yes, it is common for a gyn to use a little bit of lube to help with speculum insertion. You can always ask your doctor whether or not they'll do this.

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I think they only use lube if they're not taking any swabs ... Lube can affect the test results, so they'll often use warm water on the speculum instead.

Once all swabs are taken, s/he'll likely use lube for the bimanual exam.

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Swabs...you mean when they swab your cervix? Or other swabs?

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Either one.

I've never had a Dr. lube the speculum when i've gone for a Pap test.

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I've never been to a gyno...I'm not sexual active *is a virgin* but I know it's still important. Last year I was at a health clinic and they tried to give me a pap smear (they weren't forcing me or anything, lol), but it was so uncomfortable, partially because I am a virgin who has never been penetrated (I know it can be uncomfy for nonvirgins, but I think we deserve a bit more sympathy, lol), so I gave up, and they said OK (told you they didn't force me, lol). I want to try again, but I'm very nervous. Very...

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If you haven't yet been sexually active, you don't actually need a pap smear.

So, all you need to do is let your GYN know you're not yet, and have not yet been sexually active in any respect (if that's the case). Once they know that, they should not suggest one.

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I actually heard that you do need a pap smear even if you are not sexually active, because there are other illnesses that can form that have nothing to do with sexual activity, which actually makes more sense to me.

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That's true, but those can be detected via a bimanual exam and blood and urine tests, and only if a cervical issue, specifically, is suspected via those, would a pap then also be necessary.

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oooh ok...thanks for the info! I've still never been to a gyno though, and I need to go whether I get a pap or not.

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Yep! [Smile]

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Wow, great article and great thread. I've never been to a gynecologist. Just the thought of it makes me light-headed. But I'm gonna do it ...
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