POPSUGAR Fitness Poll Going to the Gyno - Which is Worse? by Fitness 5/16/07 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Sign up for our daily newsletter > As women, we all have to go for our yearly visit to the gynecologist. It's no fun, but we know it's good for us. Somehow talking about how much it sucks makes me feel better, so I want to know, when you go for your annual gynecologist appointment... Read More Which Is WorseStirrupsPap SmearGynecologistPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get Results With Our Fitness Newsletter Personalize Yoga Weight Loss Working Out Running Sign up with facebook or By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. AmandaBethCrowther 1 year The damn speculum it hurts m skypoem 7 years I love going to see my gyno! Haha x] For one thing, he's always very respectful and kind to me. He always has warm hands and he's very gentle. He's pretty cute too!! I KNOW I flirt with him without really meaning to! Oh, and the naked thing .. I think I look pretty good naked =P I'm only 20 (pretty young) - I don't have anything to be embarrassed/ashamed of! sunshinedreams9 7 years My gyno is ridiculous!! First of all, she gave me attitude when I wanted my mom in the room because it was my first time. She said it would "delay her schedule". So that worked me up before I even had my gown on. My exam hurt so bad. I don't see why they can't at least try to relax you with laughing gas like at the dentist or something like that. I went because I had to go on birth control because my periods are horrible but then it turns out I got depression from taking the pills so now I have to find a way to help my horrible cramps and heavy bleeding. Does anyone have any ideas? I would appreciate it. BTW, I wish I could have answered everyone of those options except the one where you don't mind going. :-P Midnightkiss4u09 8 years I dont think anybody enjoys going. Daisy6264 8 years All of it. Fitness 8 years tlsgirl - that is SO insensitive and unnecessary. I'm glad u switched! chatoyante 8 years I really don't mind the appointment too much, except for the paper gown; I like knowing everything is OK. I figure if the doctor had any qualms about seeing the cathouse up close, he/she wouldn't have gone into gynecology. But sometimes I do feel like I should make conversation, against my better judgement, and it usually devolves into something like, "I can't believe insurance only lets me do this once a year! [long pause]" tlsgirl 8 years Oh, and one gyno felt the need to point out that I had razorburn! Gee, as though I didn't already know. I switched after that. tlsgirl 8 years All of the above, definitely. jokergirl 8 years It's an even score between the cold duck and the fact that most Gyns I've met so far are so annoyingly patronizing! I hate it when they don't tell you things because a) they think you're stupid or b) they pretend they know better and won't listen to you to begin with. Even when I provably did know better in hindsight sometimes. KrisSugar 8 years I am always terrified that I will toot while I'm on the table. I can't think of a worse position to be in and accidentally pass gas. I pray that it never happens! bookgirl 8 years Eww, I hate the scraping the most, for me it is very painful (I've discussed it with my friends and some can't even feel it). I do hate scootching and the paper gowns too, and the speculum is horrible. Fitness 8 years Silvergirl - Really? So you're just siting there completely nude? wackdoodle 8 years Uggh...how did you know I have an emergency gyno appointment next week? Getting healthy, exercising tons and walking more than 10 miles a day has somehow triggered me to have horrible-horrible cramps and uterean swelling everyday, every hour of the day whether its period time or not. WHY? So my gynologist is lovely - on the whole I don't think about the procedures too much not to uncomfortable it only takes 15 to 20 minutes but I worry that later that day or week I will get a call say "Please come back to my office asap, it's important. We need to talk." Dreadful. julieulie 8 years BethS - Technically, the rectalvaginal exam is part of a pelvic exam, to feel for tumors that might be hiding behind the uterus or in the rectum. Most clinicians seem to skip out on it though (I've never had it done with any of my gynos) but it is taught in medical school as part of the exam. BethS 8 years Not to be gross, and I'm not joking around, but I've heard from a couple of friends that their gyno sticks their finger up their anus during the exam to check out the anal passage and whatnot, is that normal? None of my doctors have done that before (and I don't really want them to start)... silvergirl 8 years What scratchy paper gown? Here in Belgium (and it's the same everywhare in Europe) you simply take off your clothes - no big deal. rubialala 8 years the goopy K-Y stuff that they put on you to get the stuff to slide in. Then you have to wipe it off and if you're appt. is in the middle of the day then you have to go back to work all gooey and gross. Blech. iffermay 8 years While the scooching is bad, I think having my stiny ugly feet in the Dr.'s face along with other parts of by body just is too much. I need to bring a pair of clean socks to slip on before I go in the stirrups. Advah 8 years @Julieulie: tx! Not that I'm happy you had a painful exam, too, but it makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one. People are like 'nope, sometimes it's painful, but never that bad if everything's fine for you'. Well, duh!