Routine gynaecology Visit

Routine gynaecological visits is imperative for females to maintain good reproductive and sexual health. Generally, women should start seeing a gynaecologist at the age of 21, or earlier if they become sexually active. Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should schedule annual visits with their gynaecologist to receive a pap smear. Women between the ages of 30 and 64 should generally visit a gynaecologist every other year.

Other reasons to seek gynaecological attention is to receive treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, sexually transmitted diseases, and vaginal infections. Women who are sexually active, or considering becoming sexually active, should visit a gynaecologist to learn about contraceptive methods.

During a gynaecological examination, the sexual history and menstrual cycle will be discussed, before a physical examination of the breasts and genitals are performed. We understand that a visit of this nature may cause some females to feel uncomfortable or anxious. However, these visits are crucial to reproductive and sexual health, and should not be skipped. Preparing for the examination may alleviate some of the anxiety that women feel with regards to the process. There are several ways that females can prepare for their gynaecological exam, including:

  • Schedule an appointment between menstrual cycles, as menstrual fluid can interfere with the exam and lab tests.
  • Do not have vaginal intercourse – or insert anything, including vaginal products, into the vagina – for at least 24 hours before the visit, as sexual activity may irritate the vaginal tissue and produce incorrect Pap test results.
  • Prepare a list of questions and concerns for the gynaecologist before the appointment. If you have irregular bleeding, discharge, odour or pain, the gynaecologist will need to know about it.
  • It would be helpful if you know the date your last period started and how long it lasted.

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