Procedures for a pelvic/ breast exam….?

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Posted on : 16-03-2014 | By : My Study Coach | In : Learn to Relax
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Im getting my first one tommorow and I am so scared about someone sticking there hand up my vagina…! Any advice besides breathe deaply…don’t tighten muscles?
Is it only the Pelvic and breast exams? How are they preformed? Anything else important?
What it the worst part?

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I think everyone is nervous before their first exam. So, make sure you let your doctor know that it’s your first exam. And, ask them to explain things to you and let you know what they’re going to do before they do it. That way you won’t be startled and won’t tense up too much.

Your provider will probably start with the breast exam. They will uncover one of your breasts and ask you to put one arm behind your head. They will then feel your breast for lumps and exam it for any discharge. This includes feeling under your arms. Then, they’ll do the other breast.

You will then be asked to move down to the end of the table and place your feet in stirrups (these are holders for your feet).
With your knees bent, you will be asked to let your knees fall to each side allowing your legs to spread apart.
This is usually the part when most adolescent and adult women feel embarrassed. This feeling is normal too. Just remember that although this is your first exam, this is routine for health care providers and their only concern is for your health.

There are 3 parts to this exam. Sometimes not all parts of the pelvic exam are necessary. Ask your health care provider which part(s) will be done for your examination.

The External Exam is usually first. Your health care provider will first look at the area outside of your vagina, (clitoris, labia, vaginal opening, and rectum). Just checking to make sure everything is within normal limits.

The Speculum Exam is the second part. The speculum is an instrument made of metal or plastic. Your health care provider will place the speculum into your vagina. After it is inserted, it will be gently opened so that your health care provider can see your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus). If you like, you can ask your health care provider for a mirror so that you can see what your cervix looks like.

After checking your vagina and cervix, your health care provider may take a thin plastic stick and a special tiny brush or a small “broom” and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. This is a Pap test, which detects early changes of the cervix before they become cancer.

If you are having vaginal discharge, your health care provider will take another sample to check for yeast and other causes of discharge. If you are having sex, your health care provider might take another sample from the cervix to check for sexually transmitted diseases. When all of these samples have been taken, your health care provider will close the speculum and gently take it out.

The Bimanual Exam is the third part. The last part of the pelvic exam is done to check your female organs (your tubes, ovaries and uterus or womb). Your health care provider will insert one or two gloved fingers into your vagina. With the other hand, your doctor will gently apply pressure to the lower part of your belly. You may feel slight discomfort or pressure when he or she presses in certain places, but it shouldn’t hurt. If you do feel pain, it is important to tell your health care provider.

Sometimes your provider will do a rectal exam. This involves inserting one finger into your anus (the opening where bowel movements leave your body) This is usually done at the end of the bimanual exam. Like other parts of the exam, if you relax and take slow deep breaths, it should not be uncomfortable.

Best of luck!!! Hope this helps!

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