Well, before the exam, you will most likely have a consultation with the doctor. To make the most out of it, answer their questions in detail.
It’ll also be helpful for you to prepare any questions you might have about your sexual health. Prepare your questions about symptoms you might be feeling, your menstrual cycle, and pills or contraception.
Finally, please note the first day of your last menstrual period as the doctor will most likely ask you about it.
The doctor will use a speculum to “widen” your vagina
After undressing, you will lie down on the examination table, bend your knees and place your legs on the stirrups for support.
The doctor will then insert a speculum into your vagina. It’s an instrument that spreads your vaginal walls apart so that your cervix is more accessible. Inserting the speculum might feel a little uncomfortable, but typically, it doesn’t hurt-you’ll just feel some pressure. To promote comfort, the doctor will lubricate the instrument and ask you to relax.
Taking cervical cell samples is quickly over
Once the speculum is in place, the doctor will collect cervical cells using a spatula (scraping instrument) or soft-bristled brush. The sensation may be a little strange, but like speculum insertion, it doesn’t hurt.