For a lot of women, seeing a gynecologist can be an uncomfortable experience. Depending on the procedure, there’s a good chance that it’s going to involve a lot of contact between cold, metal instruments and one of the most sensitive parts of the human body. Plus, if it’s your first appointment with a new doctor, it can be awkward because this person is still essentially a stranger to you. Indeed, it takes a lot of skill and awareness of a patient’s comfort levels for an appointment like this to go at all smoothly.
And sometimes it’s no picnic for the gynecologist either. Whether it’s from their patients or the doctors that referred them, there are some common habits that really get under an OB/GYN’s skin.
Here are 12 annoying things to avoid when you’re at your next appointment.