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I have my 6 week "down there" check up today and I am DREADING it! Please please please tell me they aren't going to have to go inside my vayjay- papsmear style. I am still SOOOO sore in there thanks to my son and his freddy cougar fingernails....
Yes, they usually check things out just like a yearly appt. I would mention you are still very sore and either request a small speculum and gentle hands or ask if you can postpone an internal for another couple weeks.
My doc is generally very gentle at the postpartum appts, since they know you are still in recovery mode and they also don't know what issues they might find (like with my first, my internal stitches healed to each other...like basically stitching one side of my vag to the other). So hopefully they will be careful. Mostly they do just a quick check, no actual Pap smear or poking around on your ovaries. They just check your stitched areas and make sure everything is healing up nicely.
Mine with DS wasn't even with the Dr., it was a NP and she just looked and used a finger for a real quick check to make sure all the stitches were dissolved/fell out (they had and she said it didn't even look like I'd had an episiotomy), no speculum or scraping anything. By 6 weeks you should be in pretty decent shape again, probably better than you think, so hopefully it's not too bad!
Ash, my cousin just had that happen too with the stitches - I imagine that doesn't happen a lot!
Joy- it went not too bad- I told my doctor I was still super sore so she was extra gentle, she first used fingers then just stuck the speculum in only a little bit. She just needed to make sure the stitches inside had healed.