Preparing for the Gynecologic Exam (Updated 2/3/14)
While I still have this in mind, I want to use this post to keep track of ideas for the physical exam.
- I need to voice how I'm feeling as I enter the exam room.
- Maybe I can ask them to remind me I am safe and I'm not in that room where it happened.
- I think I really want the doctor to tell me she promises I'm safe and she won't hurt me or let anyone hurt me. I think I need to hear those words.
- I need to be sure I have my asthma inhaler because sometimes getting scared causes me to have an asthma attack.
- I need to have a plan for what to do if I cry. I never cry. But, what if I did?
- What to do about the crinkling paper? That was really triggering for me.
- I need to be sure to ask her to examine the right lower quadrant pain I experience.
- I also need to mention the itching in my breast.
- I need to tell her about the right-sided pain that's always there and to be very, very careful on that side.
- I need to tell her about the symptoms I had when I came back from an expedition, and the symptoms I have had since then.
- I need to tell her about having many sexual partners through my twenties.
- I should talk to the doctor about experiencing arousal. I need to hear from her that she will respond appropriately. By that, I mean she will stop touching me. We'll need to define our terms about what arousal is like for me. I know there will be lubrication, that's healthy and normal. But, anything beyond that will be the boundary I will need her to respect.