How should I prepare?
On top of worrying about your outfit and period, there’s hygiene to consider.
While it’s completely understandable to want to arrive at your appointment clean and fresh, Heli says there is no need to clean yourself any more thoroughly than you normally would.
The Lunette founder said: “In fact, too much cleaning (for example, douching) can have a negative impact on your hormonal balance and could potentially impact your exams.
“If you are getting a cervical exam, excessive washing can remove the cells that need to be examined.
“Also, any discharge that you have can help your doctor to understand your hormonal balance, so scrubbing this away means that they could miss important information, such as a shift in flora, a bacterial imbalance, or a yeast problem.”