The Procedures During the Visit

The ob-gyn will do an indoor bimanual exam by putting one or two gloved fingers in your vagina and also the other hand on top of the lower part of your abdomen, to feel your cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Your physician can also, if it’s required, do a rectovaginal exam. This can include the ob-gyn putting a gloved finger in your rectum.

Your ob-gyn must also do a breast exam to test for any bumps or other abnormalities.

Use your yearly ob-gyn schedule as a chance to ask questions. Whether or not your questions seem intimate or humiliating, you'll make sure that your doctor has heard them beforehand. It's okay to ask about your periods, sex, or whatever you would like to understand regarding your reproductive health.