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Old 07-12-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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karihager1982 HB User
Ob Gyn Appointment...nervous

Hello - I'm here because I am a little nervous about an upcoming appointment with a gynecologist.

This is going to sound bad, but I am almost 24 years old and I have never, ever been to a gynecologist for my yearly exams. I know that I should have gone a long time ago, but because of a traumatic situation, I could never force myself to go.

You see, when I was seventeen years old I was forced into an abortion. It was very traumatic for me and I swore that I would never let a doctor touch me again. (At least not that kind of doctor).

So I have put off the exams when I knew that I should have been going. I was too afraid of being traumatized again...or hearing bad news.

My aunt recently told me about how great her OB is and she convinced me to schedule an appointment. So I will be seeing this new OB on the 27th of July and I am SO nervous!

Any advice from other women on what to expect while I am there? Should I tell my OB about the past abortion?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read!
- K

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Old 07-12-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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Re: Ob Gyn Appointment...nervous

When you go to the gyn.............they ask your medical history # of pregnacies etc. It is important that you are honest with them. Really the exam isnt a big deal. I feel more comfortable with female gyn............other's may feel more comfortable with a man. I think women can be more compasionate, gentle, and explain everything they are doing, while they are doing it. The whole experience lasts about 3 min. They may do a breast exam as well. With a pap you may feel a bit of a cramp.............when they do the cooton swab...............otherwise it is virtually painless.

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