Hello. Next wednesday, i am going to planned parenthood for birthcontrol. what do i have to expect when they give me an exam?? it is worring me alot. i have heard it hurts, and i have heard it doesnt. what do i expect??
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But just think- isn't the possibility that something wrong could go undetected and become an even more serious problem even scarier?
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Smileygirl, I think it is very responsible of you to go to a doctor for birth control. It may sound scary, but it is a whole less scary than getting a STD or an unplanned pregnancy.
In any case, all women (as of age 18), whether they have sexual intercourse or not, should visit a gynocologist once a year for an exam. It is an important part of taking care of yourself, of loving yourself. So, if you are thinking of or are already sexually active, that doctor's visit is essential.
I think if you tell the people at planned parenthood that it is your first visit and that you are nervous, they will help put you at ease. I was nervous too for my first doctor's visit. Doing something new usually is that way. You should be just fine.
Smiley, I hardly know what to say. Really, it's not scary, and I'm sure the article didn't portray it that way. I sure hope it didn't, anyway.
To be as honest as I can, if that sort of experience with your body and sexual health is scary, I guess that I'd question your sexual readiness overall. All in all, intercourse is a lot more graphic than a pelvic exam, and it's usually first done by someone far less skilled and knowledgeable about female anatomy. The liklihood of a gynecologist hurting you or your body is seriously smaller than the liklihood of a fairly green lover doing so.
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