Post # 1
I’m 23, and I’ve never been. I’ve never had a pelvic exam, pap smear, or anything like that. And I’m in the healthcare field! When my friends mention going, I always made comments like “oh yeah, totally understand. Yeah, I hated that part too” because I was embarrassed I’ve never been! It sounds scary, and being that I only have had one sexual partner, I figured there was nothing for me to worry about. Well one of my friends went last week and they found that her ovary is very large, and they think there is a problem and are having her come back in for an ultrasound. That made me realize that it’s about dang time I go. Plus my sister has PCOS and I think maybe I might too, but I really don’t know.
I got a recommendation for a really good OBGYN in the area, and just called this morning and scheduled my first well woman exam. It was ridiculous how long it took me to get over my fear and just dial the dang number. NERVOUS!!!
…better late than never, I suppose.
Post # 3
@wildflowerbee: I didn’t go until I was 23 and I definitely had more than one partner. I was also terrified initially but eventually took control of my own health as an adult and have never been happier. That being said I only wanted a woman gyno and the one I have now is amazing. It’s really not bad or weird to go once you make that initial call. Great job! 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
It’s not fun, but it’s good to know you’re taking care of yourself, as the PP mentioned.
Post # 5
@wildflowerbee: the embarrassment wears off pretty quickly. And I must say, I used to always go to a female doc for them and one day I got one from my male doc and it was the least awkward pap ever. I hope he lives forever so I never have to go to another doctor!! And like he’ Said. They have seen a LOT of vaginas in their day.. Yours isn’t exciting!!
Good luck, deep breaths. Itll before ya know it!!
Post # 6
I didn’t go until I got pregnant this year at 27. My mom is the kind of person who avoids doctors, so she never made me go. I never had any real concerns, so I put it off. I don’t recommend this though!
Post # 7
Yes, better late than never.
I’ve always been quite paranoid about my health, so had my first pap when I was 18 or so. It’s not that bad. No one likes it, but it’s best to have it done.
We don’t really have gynos in Canada… your doctor will just do them. I think you’re only referred to a specialist if it’s something more complicated or if you’re having a baby.
Post # 8
@wildflowerbee: I am 29 and skipped about 3 years from about 26 to 29 just because I hated going. Well this last time my pap was abnormal and I had to have cervical cells removed because they were abnormal which can mean precancerous. I won’t be skipping any of my appointments again.
Post # 9
@wildflowerbee: Been there… I went a period of almost 7 years without going (though I had been before), and was sexually active in that time with multiple partners. I was just terrified of going and finding out something was wrong, and/or getting in trouble from the doctor, as I’ve heard stories of doctors being real assholes about it.
When I finally went, all was fine, and I was kicking myself for being such an idiot. Good for you for finally setting an appointment!
Post # 10
The date that they scheduled me for, there is a chance I will be on my period! GAH. I just realized this. If I start it, do I just call and reschedule??? I range between 30-40 day cycles and it will be CD 37 when I have my appointment. perrrrrrrfect. I guess there is hope that I have a “short” cycle and AF is already done by the time I have my appointment.
Post # 11
It’s going to be a pieice of cake. It sounds super scary but once it’s happening it’s over before you know it. Also don’t be afraid of it being awkward. You might as well be having your elbow inspected for all they care.
Post # 12
I didn’t go until I was 24! I totally understand, I was completely freaked out and had my mother come with me. She waited for me in the waiting room but it felt nice to know she was there. So maybe you could have someone you trust tag along too?
Let me share a story with you. My lady doctor’s office is next door to a dentist’s office and they share waiting rooms. For my first appointment, my Mum and I came a little early and had to wait. A nice elderly lady came in, sat down next to me and asked if we were there to see the dentist. I said something like “unfortunately not” and the elderly woman couldn’t stop laughing. She patted my knee and told me I’d be fine. It was the first time I found myself wishing for a root canal!
ETA: I think you have to reschedule when you’re on your period. Just call your doctor’s office and ask, I’m sure they don’t bite!
Post # 13
@wildflowerbee: my first time going to a gyno was when I was 23 also. And I too worked in the health field… But it’s best that you finallyadd the decision to go!!!
Post # 14
It’s not bad. I had to start going yearly at 13 due to issues with my period that required BCP. So now I find it all totally normal! If you’re sexually active or have been you definitely need to go though! Unless your partner has only been with you as well, you never know.
Post # 15
@wildflowerbee: I went for the first time this past April and I’m 24. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. My whole thing was that since I wasn’t having sex at all I didn’t really need to go. But I finally decided to get checked for precautionary reasons anyway. It’s not fun but not the worst thing in the world either lol
Post # 16
Ive been every year since I was lik 16.
I couldn’t imagine not going.
What if you have something, and you just never got it checked?
I don’t know, weird.