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I think I might have vaginismus. What is it? How do I get rid of it?

Updated 8 September 2023 under Ask Us.

Great question! Vaginismus (vaj-uh-niz-muhs) is a feeling of pain around the vaginal opening when something is going into the vaginal canal. This occurs because the muscles at the opening of […]

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I recently had a pelvic exam and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. My OB-GYN didn’t talk to me or tell me what they were doing during the exam. Is this normal?

Updated 18 January 2022 under Ask Us.

Great question, thank you for asking! Pelvic exams are an essential part in making sure your body is healthy, but that doesn’t mean they are easy. Thinking about a pelvic […]

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I am asexual and I never want to be sexually active with another person. Do I still need to have a pelvic exam? If so, what age is recommended for your first visit?

Updated 8 June 2021 under Ask Us.

The sexual orientation asexual (“ace”) can be different things to different people. However, in most situations, an ace is someone who doesn’t have any sexual interest or attraction to others. […]

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I know you are supposed to regularly see a GYN for checkups starting at 21, but I have a history of sexual abuse and I am scared it will be triggering. I am really scared to go and have never been. What can I expect and how can I make it less scary?

Updated 1 June 2021 under Ask Us.

This is a great question, and you are not alone. Sexual abuse and previous trauma can be triggering, but your gynecologist can do many things to help prevent this from […]

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Do I absolutely have to see a gynecologist at a certain age now that I’m a teen?

Updated 3 July 2017 under Ask Us.

When to have a gynecologic exam depends on whether there are any health problems such as vaginal infections, lack of menstrual periods, or other symptoms that need evaluation. Your first […]

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When do I get my first pelvic exam? I’m going to the doctor soon and I don’t want to find out there.

Updated 14 October 2015 under Ask Us.

This depends on whether you are going to see your doctor because you are having vaginal discharge, or unexplained belly pain, or whether it is simply a check-up. Most health […]

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Can a gynecologist tell if I masturbate? It is my first visit to the gynecologist, what should I be prepared for?

Updated 26 June 2015 under Ask Us.

Your health care provider will not be able to tell if you masturbate (when a person stimulates or “plays with themselves” for sexual pleasure).  If your vulva or vagina is […]

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Lately I have been thinking I should get my first pelvic exam, but when and where do I do this? Will I get checked for STIs and whether I can have children in the future?

Updated 7 May 2015 under Ask Us.

Most health care providers agree that a woman should have her first pelvic exam whenever she has a symptom such as abnormal bleeding, discharge or pain, or when she turns […]

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Can a pelvic ultrasound tell if you are sexually active?

Updated 30 March 2015 under Ask Us.

No.  A pelvic ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to make a picture of your reproductive organs; ovaries, fallopian tubes uterus, cervix and bladder. This test cannot determine […]

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Your First Pelvic Exam

Updated 8 May 2022 under Health Guides.

You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It’s very normal to be uneasy about something when you don’t know what to expect. It’s also normal to feel embarrassed. […]

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