How to Prepare to Annual Gynecological Exam
There are several steps that females should take to be prepared before a gynecological exam:
– Take an appointment between menstrual periods. Menstrual blood can interfere with the exam as well as lab tests.
– No vaginal intercourse or insert anything into the vagina, including douches or vaginal products, for at least 24 hours before the visit. Sex may irritate the vaginal tissue and increase the chance of incorrect Pap test results.
– Prepare a list of questions for your gynecologist prior to the appointment. Your gynecologist needs to know about any discharge, irregular vaginal bleeding, odor or pain.
– The gynecologist will ask about your last menstrual period started and how long your periods usually last.