Well I finally did it. Talk about uncomfortable. I’m a girl, and with being a girl, comes…girl stuff. I finally got a family doctor after years and years of being a student and frequenting clinics. The very first thing she said to me was ‘you’re 27 years old and you’ve never had a pap smear?’ I lowered my heard in shame and said ‘yeah’ like I was being scolded. But she was really nice about it, and told me everything I needed to know.
Now I’m pretty comfortable with myself sexually. I’m not a virgin, I’m adventurous and I was raised to believe that body health includes a good helping of sexual knowledge. I’m the ‘the more you know the smarter you’ll be’ kind of chica. So I wasn’t really that embarrassed about someone taking a look down there.
Here’s the thing. No matter what, you’ve never experienced a prodding quite like this until you’ve experienced it. It’s just uncomfortable. Having a doctor clinically examine you is so far from anything you’ve done before it’s just…weird.
The good thing about it is that it’s quick, it doesn’t hurt, and your doctor has done this so many times you couldn’t possibly have anything down their they haven’t seen before. I have a female doctor, so I didn’t have to worry about someone else being in the room. But if your doctor is male, it is usual to have a nurse or assistant in the room as well.
Now I’m going to go away from this a little and give you some of my thoughts on how a view my lady parts. I mean metaphorically and physically. Have you ever looked at yours? Your answer should really be yes. How else do you expect to understand if you’re healthy down there or not?
What would you do when you have a sore, or cut on any other part of your body. You’d look at it. You’d know if a mark on your body was unusual, because you’ve seen yourself naked and it wasn’t there before. Same goes for your vagina. It’s not pretty, it’s not smooth and sleek, but it’s part of you and the more comfortable you are looking at it, the more you can start to help your doctor keep you as healthy as possible.