Your gyno will usually want to do a pelvic exam, especially if you're over 16, to check your vulva, vagina, and other internal organs (the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries) to make sure they are all working how they should. When I go to her office, all we need are tapas and a DJ, and it’s like a girl's night out. There is never anything “routine” about my regular check ups.They also ask you detailed personal questions in order to identify things that you need to know to improve your health and reduce risk, including whether or not you're in a healthy relationship." That means, tell the whole truth and don't leave anything you're afraid or nervous about out; they're there to help you. Mc Donald-Mosley adds that if you don't feel comfortable spilling to your provider, or if they make~any~ shame-y or weird comments, find someone else."They are there to help you stay healthy, not shame you," she says. Your gyno should never share their non-medical, personal beliefs with you.
Since knowing the date of your last period can be so helpful, it's a good idea to make a note of it on your phone or calendar so you have the information handy when asked.Don't leave all the questions to your doctors and nurses, though.Asking your own — like why your gyn is doing a pelvic exam or ordering certain tests — lets you take charge of your own health. My female gyno has been through one of my deliveries, a divorce, and countless pap smears with me. I am sure male gynecologists get the job done and are awesome at what they do – it’s just not my preference.