There will usually be a two-part questionnaire to gather information about your sexual history, followed by a clinical examination if the clinician feels like it might be necessary. Most clinics offer a walk-in service so you don’t need to book an appointment, though you can find the specific operating hours and walk-in services of each clinic on their website.
In the questionnaire they are likely to ask you;
- If you have had unprotected sex.
- What your symptoms are (if any).
- If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection.
- When your last period was (if you have a uterus and think you might be pregnant).
- When you last had sex.
If they ask to examine you, they will likely want to have a look at the problem area. This can be daunting for some, and this is completely valid. The clinician should be patient with you, and if you need somebody in the room with you for support that is usually completely fine. Remind yourself that they see so many different parts every day and they are trained to be non-judgemental, so do your best to relax.