Cynthia St. Pierre, MD, OB/GYN, Women's Health



5 Ways To Make Your Next Ob-Gyn Appointment A Little Less Terrible

Find a doc who makes you feel safe.
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It goes without saying that you'd like the office to feel friendly and welcoming—but it's OK to leave if you don't. "Shop around for a doctor that makes you feel more positive about the experience," Lewin says. That might mean asking around for a friend or family member's recommendation or even peeking at decor in a waiting room. "Impersonal, sterile environments don't feel as friendly," Lewin adds. (And watch out for these red flags at the gynecologist's office.)

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Then, tell your doctor when you're feeling weirded out.
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Prepare for discomfort ahead of time.
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If you know you're typically in legit pain at the appointment or afterward, it's totally OK to plan ahead. "Take a little ibuprofen before you go," Lewin says. "That might help make the exam a little less painful."

MORE: 5 Reasons It Hurts Down There

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Schedule accordingly.
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Consider lube. Really!
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Vaginal dryness certainly doesn't improve visits to the ob-gyn. While hormone therapy has to be an individual woman's decision along with her doctor, estrogen that's used only in the vagina is considered very safe, even for women with a history of cancer, Lewin says, for whom oral estrogen is typically not recommended.






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