What Does A Gynecologist Check For?

What can I expect at a gynecologist appointment?

During this part of the examination, your gynecologist will lubricate her/his two (second and third) fingers and insert them into your vagina.

The doctor will put another hand on your abdomen in order to palpate the uterus and ovaries and check for any swelling or growths..

When should I go see a gynecologist?

Gynecology is best suited if: You have any menstrual, pregnancy, fertility or contraception questions or issues. You have any sexual health concerns. Examples include libido, pain or abuse. You are seeking a preventive health exam and age-appropriate screenings.

What is a gynecologist check up?

Gynecology (“gyn” for short) is a medical field that focuses on the female reproductive system. A gyn checkup is a yearly health check — like a regular eye exam or dental checkup.

Why do doctors touch your private parts?

For boys, a doctor visually examines the penis and scrotum and may touch to check for conditions such as a hernia, tumor or undescended testicle. For girls, a doctor may manually spread the labia, the outer lips surrounding the entrance to the vagina, to look for signs of infection, sexual activity or sexual abuse.

Can a gynecologist tell if you’re a virgin?

First, we want to reassure you that your gynecologist can NOT tell whether you’ve had sex, even during a pelvic (sometimes called gynecological) exam.

What is a female exam called?

A pelvic exam usually lasts only a few minutes. Your doctor checks your vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, uterus, rectum and pelvis for any abnormalities. A Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, is often performed during a pelvic exam.

What does a gynecologist test for?

Whatever your age, an annual GYN exam includes: A breast exam to check for lumps, skin changes, or nipple discharge. A pelvic exam to check your vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, rectum, and pelvis, including your ovaries, for masses, growths or other abnormalities. A Pap test to screen for cervical cancer.

Why do doctors finger you?

The rectovaginal exam — Your doctor or nurse may also put a gloved finger into your rectum. This checks the muscles between your vagina and your anus. This also checks for tumors behind your uterus, on the lower wall of your vagina, or in your rectum. Some doctors put another finger in your vagina while they do this.

What should I wear to a gynecologist appointment?

You might be asked to take off your clothes and wear a special robe or gown. A nurse will probably be present in the room during the exams. You can ask for a friend or relative to be with you, too. Girls often bring their mother with them, sometimes to hold hands with, during the exam, Trent says.

Why do doctors look down your pants?

They can opt out if they’re uncomfortable, but it is a way for doctors to check for potentially concerning lumps and bumps, and make sure everything is developing normally. For this test, boys remove their underwear or drop them to their knees.

How much does a gynecologist exam cost?

A complete physical exam that includes a pelvic exam costs about $125. A Pap test adds another $40, or more if you get tests for sexually transmitted diseases. If the Pap test result isn’t normal, follow-up can cost over $350.

What to expect the first time you go to a gynecologist?

She’ll take a look at your cervix for any abnormalities and collect a small sample of cells for a Pap test, to see if the cervix is healthy. She might also test for infections. (You usually have to ask for these tests specifically — you should talk to her first and decide together what kind of tests you should have.)