10 Reasons Why Going To The Gynecologist Is Actually The Worst

10 Reasons Why Going To The Gynecologist Is Actually The Worst

It's awkward but the doctor is only there to help you and make sure you are okay.

For women there is one doctor we just HATE to go see. We'd even rather go to the dentist over going to this doctor, so you know it must suck. Yeah, you guessed it...it's the gynecologist. There are several weird things that happen when you go to the gyno and some mildly painful things too. I just had my yearly visit and decided to see if anyone could relate to my experiences. Read on and see if these 10 reasons about why going to the gynecologist are true or not...

1. The waiting room.

You walk in and you feel guilty. I don't know why...like I haven't done anything but I just feel an awkward emotion rise up. Another thing is seeing the pregnant women and how they make faces or do weird things. Like man, what's going ON in there? Actually, never mind. Don't tell me, I don't want to know.

Then there is the looks at you, the silent questions...is she pregnant? She's so young. For some reason people forget that you have a yearly visit...or maybe I'm the only one who actually goes. But their stares make me start to wonder...am I pregnant?

2. The weighing and nurse station.

The nurses to me always feel like they are trying to be detectives and they ask really uncomfortable questions with tons of people around.

"DO YOU NEED ANY STD TESTING!?" She always seems like she is yelling. Like dude, shut UP.

"No, I don't need any STD testing, thank you very much."


I don't know if it's just me and being shy with my sexuality but damn, miss. PIPE DOWN!

3. Going to your room.

The walk of shame after that hot mess of a conversation. I also hate when you walk in and they are like...get naked, put the robe on with the opening to the front. Like shit lady, can we have a little small talk first before you try to get my clothes off? Maybe ask me out to dinner, idk.

4. Sitting ass naked waiting for your doctor.

Then you get yourself all naked (I always keep my socks on and that makes me feel rebellious...it's the little things, am I right?) and you sit there, freezing your little (in my case) or not so little boobies off. And every time you move, you make harsh crinkling noises and try to position the robe as modestly as possible, even though you know they just gonna ignore your flimsy robe and start grabbing at ya.

5. When she/he comes in and you have to explain your sexual history starting form last year.

The doctor is finally in and they ask you about your partner. Are you still with your last partner? How many partners have you had in the past year? Anything weird going in down there? If you answer any of these things that doesn't suit them, beware, because you about to get poked and prodded.

6. The boob exam.

The boob exam is one of my least favorite things. I have very sensitive nipples and HATE for them to be touched. Boobs are a hands-free zone, until the gynecologist needs to get all up in there (for good reasons but it still sucks). My doctor and I are actually pretty chill so we talk while she works, but the last appointment she said two really awkward things are poor times. The first was during my boob exam, when she was all up in there she goes, "You'll be fine to breastfeed. You'll be able to." Um...what? I didn't say anything about babies or breastfeeding so I was kinda shocked. I was like, "good to know. Thanks." Like WHAT do you say to that?

7. The dreaded pap smear.

Ugh. These are horrible. Absolute worst thing to ever happen. Luckily, I got to skip mine this year because I was fine last year, but oh my god...I mentioned about a yeast infection and shit went downhill fast. She was like, "Let's take a look." So I saddle up and put my feet in the stir-ups resigning myself to the fact that I'm about to be violated.

After a whole bunch of...prodding, let's call it, she does something inside me and I say, "ow." She goes, and I kid you not, "Oh, that's what it feels like for a man when his testicles are grabbed." Like oh my god. Why? Thank you because this wasn't awkward enough already.

8. Explaining an um...issue you have down there.

Whether it be a yeast infection (that happens to ALL women, don't feel ashamed) or an odd lump (ingrown hair) or something else causing you concern, it's always awkward because of how many stigma's there are around, well...your vagina.

9. Getting dressed after the exam.

Then after being all felt up, they tell you to get dressed. It's terrible to sit up to clean yourself off and do a sort of walk of shame. It's awkward but the doctor is only there to help you and make sure you are okay.

10. Knowing you have to do it again next year.

And after all of that, heading to the front desk to schedule another one is the worst kind of pain. You know you'll have to go through being poked, prodded, investigated, and questioned all over again.

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10 Facts Every Woman Should Know, And Love, About Her Vagina

Because health class just didn't cut it.

Basically, the only things you learn in health are one—don't have sex, two—it bleeds, and three—yes, you can carry a baby. That's it.

For some reason, vaginas are a pretty taboo conversation in most cases, but as women (and men and human beings) it's important to know about our bodies and all the cool things they can do (besides grow life, which is cool, but you know that).

1. Your vagina self-cleans

That's right ladies, no need to use soap up in there, or a douche. Most doctors recommend that you don't use any soaps or anything with fragrance, even if they're labeled for vaginal use.

Harsh soaps can disrupt the natural pH balance of your vagina and cause more harm than good. To clean itself, women experience discharge which can occur before or after a period and is normally clear, whitish, sticky, thick and odorless. If your discharge is yellow, green, has an odor or is itchy, call your doctor ASAP, it could be a sign of an infection!

2. Your vagina is smart—it will let you know if something is wrong.

Look out for itching, irritation, bloody discharge any funky smells or anything that seems or feels different. But this is not an excuse to skip out on your annuals (bummer, I know) just because you aren't actively having symptoms of something, doesn't mean you shouldn't get routine care and check-ups!

3. Other than abstinence, implants and IUDs are the most effective forms of reversible birth control.

Both implants and IUDs are long-term and reversible forms of contraception, and both are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended both options as the best choices for teenagers as a way to prevent pregnancy.

The implant is a matchstick-sized rod that a doctor has to insert into your arm. It releases the hormone progestin, which prevents ovulation and thickens your cervical mucus, making it less hospitable to sperm. It can last up to three years.

The IUD is a T-shaped device that a doctor inserts directly into your uterus. There are hormonal IUDs, and there is a non-hormonal copper version. IUDs can last for 3 to 12 years, depending on the type.

Worth noting: The implant and IUD do not protect against any STDs.

4. The vagina is tilted at roughly a 130-degree angle, this is why you have to insert tampons by aiming them at your back.

It's pretty interesting to know why we do things, but any healthy provider will tell you that this can change with time, causing women to change the angles in which they insert tampons.

5. People get stuff stuck in their Vaginas, actually often… BUT you can't actually lose anything up there (phew).

Statistically, women get tampons and condoms stuck up there and they can be hard to retrieve. So, if you get something stuck up there and you can't retrieve…whatever it is…from the lady parts you can absolutely go to the doctor. And you should, in gynecology, they've seen it all and they won't judge. Plus, getting help is better than getting hurt!

6. Your fallopian tubes are 4-5 inches long.

And only about .5 cm in diameter. Inside them, are papillae or little hairs that help move eggs through them.

7. A doctor once removed a potato that started sprouting vines out of a patient's vagina.

The patient told the doctor her mother said it would prevent pregnancy. In that case, mother didn't always know best.

Apparently, you can grow a potato in your vagina, I wouldn't recommend it though (obvious reasons).

8. Vaginas (and vulvas) come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

There's no such thing as a "normal" vagina in terms of appearance so you just embrace your lady parts because they are just as unique as you are!

9. Your menstrual blood could help patients suffering from heart failure.

An ERC (endometrial regenerative cells) congestive heart failure phase II clinical trial is currently testing the safety of the ERC, or "stem cells," to treat congestive heart failure patients. Stem cells are extracted from the blood and then grown in culture to generate different types of cells in the body.

In this case, the stem cells are made into muscle cells of the heart, for reparative purposes in these patients. This is an experimental foreign study and is not something that is being done routinely, but yes, it could help patients suffering from heart failure.

10. Vaginas are epic (duh!)

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6 Ways To Be A Better Kisser, That Way They'll Never Forget Your Smooch

Learn to smooch them in a way that makes them swoon.

You're looking to improve your kissing game, either for yourself or in response to some past criticism you've received from your partner. Whatever the case may be, you need help and so you've sought this article for some worthwhile advice on how to impress your future lovers. Look no further than right here for some expert insight into the art of kissing.

1. Change your approach for the right kind of mood

For soft and sweet:

Be gentle and slow. Take your time admiring them with your foreheads pressed together; brush noses and watch the slow smile come over their lips. Kiss them with the edges of your lips just barely touching at first. Really concentrate on the sensation of their mouth brushing against yours. It's the kind of tentative softness that'll give you both butterflies.

For sensual and passionate:

Pull them in close, pressing your hips together, and kiss them hard. Run your fingers through their hair and up and down their neck and their back; there's so much more to kissing than just mouths and tongues. And speaking of which, remember that when it comes to tongue, less is usually more. Trace their bottom lip with the tip of your tongue or pull at it lightly with your teeth.

For playful and teasing:

You can drive your partner absolutely crazy with just a little bit of teasing. Don't be afraid to pull back from a deep kiss when they seem to want more. Whisper sweet nothings in their ear while nibbling on their earlobe. Dare them to kiss you first and smirk at them as they try to resist you. Let your hands hover over their body, hardly touching or not even touching them at all, encouraging them to make a move if they want you badly enough.

2. Use. Your. Hands!

It can be easy to forget about our hands when we're so focused on kissing our partner's lips. But to enhance the experience for you both, continue to move your hands from place to place as you kiss. You can put your hands on their waist, in their hair, or hold their cheeks. Find their hips and wrap your hands around them as you press your body into theirs. Rather than have your touch jump around, let your hands roam seamlessly up and down their body, pausing where you want them to go for as long as you want them to stay there.

3. Kiss somewhere that isn't their lips

You've got a whole other person to explore, and surely you don't want to devote ALL of your time to their lovely face, do you? Try kissing their neck, their ears, their collarbones, their chest…etcetera, etcetera. You get the idea - sneak in some variety to your technique so your partner can't anticipate your every move.

4. Leave hickeys somewhere else for a change

Those little love bruises shouldn't be limited to just your partner's neck. There are plenty of other more secretive, more sensitive places for you to leave marks - surely you can think of a few! Plus, it is a lot more intimate to give your partner hickeys where only you two know to look for them. (Note: ALWAYS make sure you have your partner's consent before you decorate their body in hickeys.)

5. Play some music in the background

Create a playlist that's perfect for setting the mood and have it playing softly in the background as things get heated between you and your partner. You can choose the songs yourself for a personal touch, or borrow one of Spotify's pre-made playlists. Either way, the experience of getting hot and heavy is greatly enhanced by the right kinds of music.

6. Don't use kissing only as a prelude to sex

While making out is a valued form of foreplay in a lot of cases, you shouldn't only kiss your partner to indicate your desires to have sex. Kissing in itself can be an extremely satisfying, and what's more is that it is a sweet demonstration of the love and affection you have for your partner. Don't let your beau come to associate a few kisses exclusively with your desperation to tear their clothes off!

Keep calm and kiss on, my friends.

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