FIRST TIME WITH A SPECULUM. ANY ADVICE?

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    Heather
    Heather
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    I have an appointment in a couple weeks with my gynecologist for this on going burning sensation I get whenever I have sex. It only started happening after I got my nexplanon implant(birth control). I know it’s not my lube, and I know it’s not my body since I have been easily sexually active after my BOTOX procedure and never had issues until recent. I got my procedure done in November and now my first time with a speculum is coming up and I’m very nervous she’s going to move in a way that will hurt me and throw my PC muscles into spasm and make the whole thing worse than it has to be. So I’m just wondering how anyone has accomplished their first time, what should I expect, how can I make it easier?

    #24902
    mm
    mazemelissa
    Moderator

    Hi Heather,

    A few recommendations.

    I would dilate prior to the procedure, that will help relax the muscles before penetration with the speculum. You can bring the dilator with you and put the dilator in prior to the gyn entering the room, often times you will be sitting there for a few min waiting for her to come in.

    You can also ask to insert the speculum yourself. It might make you less nervous if you are the one controlling the initial insertion of the speculum. Once the speculum is inside, you can let the gyn take over.

    The burning sensation could be an infection, so having a culture done will be helpful to rule that out.

    It also could be related to the nexaplanon, as it is hormonal, and sometimes hormonal birth control can make the vaginal entrance more sensitive. If that is the case you can ask your gyn for some local estrogen cream which might help.

    Hope this helps!

    Melissa

    #24904
    Heather
    Heather
    Participant

    Asking her to insert it myself will be very helpful and I definitely will be dilating beforehand. The lube wont ruin the culture? I know she’s going to ude some for the speculum but if I already have lube up there from dilating, it wont be too much for her to get a proper sample?

    #24953
    mm
    mazemelissa
    Moderator

    I don’t think the lubricant will be an issue.
    Maybe try to use a little less than you normally would, and if you are already lubricated from the dilator, she shouldn’t need to add more to the speculum.

    Let us know how it goes…

    Melissa

    #25020
    jkennedy
    jkennedy
    Participant

    I just had a pap smear last month, Heather. As the previous poster mentioned, I dilated before going to the appointment, which helped a lot! So a few hours before I drove to the appointment, I spent that time relaxing and using the dilators to get comfortable.

    In addition to that suggestion, I also wanted to mention that it’s a good idea to get into a good, relaxed headspace before going. Literally, the entire day of my appointment I made sure that I felt relaxed and wasn’t stressed. I was able to manage my stress and anxiety level by doing yoga, meditating, and clearing any stressors from my to-do list. I think the combination of dilating and being in a relaxed, calm mood helped tremendously. Much love for your appointment. Let us know how it goes! You’ve got this!

    #25042
    Heather
    Heather
    Participant

    My appointment is tomorrow, I expressed my concerns with my doctor and she prescribed me a Valium, since it’s my first time with a speculum so I think that will help. I plan on dilating beforehand and I’ll definitely post on this thread of how it went!

    #25043
    mm
    Helen Leff, LMSW
    Moderator

    That sounds like a winning plan.
    Best of luck and keep us posted.

    #25047
    Heather
    Heather
    Participant

    Just completed my exam. SUCH a breeze! No pain, it was quick and easy and she says I look very healthy. She is referring me to a physical therapist though so my sex life can become even easier and healthier, she believes that my muscles are still a little stubborn still and that is the cause of the burning sensation I have been experiencing during sex but she also did take some cultures. I’m so happy I accomplished my first gyn exam! None of this would have been possible without my BOTOX treatment 😁😁😁

    #25048
    mm
    mazemelissa
    Moderator

    So happy for you Heather!

    I think working with a PT is a really good idea.

    You have come so far, thanks for sharing with us!

    Melissa

    #25052
    recessivegenequeen
    recessivegenequeen
    Participant

    Congratulations Heather! This is amazing news! Even after you’ve accomplished penetrative sex, there are more vaginismus moments like this and you handled this so welL! Really glad it wasn’t as bad as you had feared. As someone who’s now been having sex for awhile but HASN’T yet had a pap smear since my botox treatment, this was really encouraging!

    #25074
    Heather
    Heather
    Participant

    Thank you! I’m sure when it comes time for your first pap smear you’ll do great! I asked for the smallest speculum and it was no fatter than my pointer finger. Literally couldn’t even feel it. My physical therapy starts today and I’m so happy to have come so far! I’ll be sure to post a thread about the benefits and what it entails for future PT patients!

    #25091
    recessivegenequeen
    recessivegenequeen
    Participant

    Yes, please keep us updated about how PT goes! And that makes sense about the speculum not being so bad, especially after dilating. I went in recently for a routine checkup STD test that required a vaginal swab and they gave me the option of doing it myself. It was SO much easier to be in control and do the swab myself! A great option for former vaginismus sufferers that need to maintain some control for their comfort.

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