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I had my first pelvic exam at 14. I knew it was going to happen because my mom made the appointment after my pediatrician said I should go to a gyno.
Almost every junior high girl knows what a pelvic exam is, but you never think it will happen to you. Well it does. My friends didn’t help much because they told me all of their horror stories about the exam.
The doctor I went to only treats girls who are teens and preteens. He had a special table for first time exams where he had leg crutches with straps. The nurse explained that it helped the new girls keep their legs open.
They had me do a pee test and empty my bladder. I was taken to the exam room and I was weighed and measured. The nurse told me to undress completely and put on the smock top and drape.
I started to tear up as I stripped.
I sat on the exam table and waited for the doctor. He came in and we talked for a few minutes. He asked me if I wanted my mom to stay. I said yes. Then he started the exam. The nurse removed my smock top and he listened to my heart and lungs. Then he did a breast exam, first sitting up and then laying down. It was really weird having a man feel my little breasts.
I got my smock top back and the nurse lowered my drape to just above my pubic hair. He pushed on my belly and asked me questions about my period and my bowel movements.
Then it was time to get into the stirrups. The nurse left my smock top pulled up to my chest and she removed my drape completely. I was nude from my chest to my toes. The doctor took one leg and the nurse took the other and they placed my legs in the crutches. They strapped me in at the thighs and ankles and then spread the crutches wide open. The doctor pulled my hips to the end of the table and put a foam wedge under my lower back. My heart was beating so fast I thought it would blow up. The nurse turned on a bright warm light.
The doctor checked my outer vagina and then inserted his index finger all the way in. He had the nurse warm a metal speculum. It took him three tries to get it in because I am so small down there. It hurt a little and it really felt weird when he opened it all the way. He scraped something inside of me a few times and then took the speculum out.
I saw him pick up a tube of K=Y Jelly and he put some on his fingers and my vagina. Then he gently pushed his two fingers deep inside of me and probed my vagina for a minute while pushing on my belly.
I thought he was done, but not quite. He re-lubed his fingers and then he lubed my butthole. He pushed on finger in my front hole and one in my back hole.
I can honestly tell you that it is scary at first, but it isn’t nearly as bad as you think it will be.
I had another one at 15 and there was nothing to it that time.