Hey Fam (((HUGS)))
Here are some sugestions we came up with in chat today to make the apt with the gyno/ob re:pap smears a lil easier...
anymore ideas please mention :)
* Ask your GP for a referral to a good gyno
* Ask friends for a good one (word of mouth)
* Ring your local crisis center they may have some that they know are good or refer to.
* Plan your day, reward yourself after you have had your Pap, like going to your fav restraunt, seeing a movie, having a massage etc..
* go with a friend
* plan with your friends that soemtime during the week you all have pap smears done andthat w/e have a special girl night with them all :)
* do somehting relaxing before your appt ie walk in the park, going for a swim etc..
*avoid caffiene the day of your appt as it increases anxiety
* if needed ask your dr about anti anxiety agents such as diazapam (valium) that you can take prior to your appt (at least 1hr before but if you do, get s friend to drive you there)
*write down a list of all things that cold hapen during the exam and have a plan of action...ie: Trigerred I will do my deep breathing techs, visualisation / guided imagery etc..
* This helps you have mre control and know that if soemthing does happen like being triggered you know there are ways you van help relive the stress and anxiety
* Get the gyno to explain the procedure step by step whilst he/she is examining you.
* Ask to be shown what will happen before the procedure so you know exactly what will happen.
* Choose a female doctor, or have a female nurse present during the exam if possible.
* YOU have the choice on what position you have the exam..ie lying on your back or on your side. Gynos do have their own personal preferences but this is about YOU not them. Do what makes YOU feel most comfortable.
* If at any stage you don't feel comfortable during or before the exam. You can ask the exam to be stopped. YOU are in control and have the right to say NO at any point during the exam.
* Some breathing Techs... Deep breathing exercises...
- counting back from 20 or 50 etc..
I am safe
I am in control etc
I can't wait to buy that new dress tonight
I might have chicken tandoori tonight fro dinner..etc..
It depends what works best for you distractional or hitting your trigger head on. It's a personal choice.
Visualisation / Guided Imagery go to a safe place within yuor mind where you feel at peace, safe and in a tranquil environment...
* Bring a walkman in case you need to escape into some happy music during the appt.
* The procedure is less than 5mins though it can seem like a lifetime. Knowing exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it helps...Knowledge is power and helps you to be in more control. NEVER forget that YOU are in control. YOU have the right to say NO at any point. You are a paying customer, and the customer is always right ;)