Going to the gynecologist is something every woman has to do. But considering how personal it is, it's no wonder many of us feel nervous or self-conscious when it's time for the yearly exam. Though shyness is perfectly normal, it can also hold you back from asking important questions or sharing information that your doctor needs to treat you. From menstrual cycle issues to sexual history, discover what your gynecologist is really thinking during your annual check-up.
1. Don't feel shy about your body.
Your doctor is just that-a doctor. So believe it or not, when she is looking at you "down there," it really is just like looking at any other part of your body. "There's very little we haven't seen and almost everything is normal, so don't be afraid," says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and author of A Woman's Guide to Sexual Health. If you're