AT THE DOC­TOR: HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU UN­DRESS?

Women's Health (South Africa) - - DISCUSS -

AN­NUAL CHECK-UP:

Leave on only your un­der­wear. The doc might ask you to take them off as well, but only if she has a spe­cific con­cern.

AN­NUAL GY­NAE VISIT:

Take ev­ery­thing off so that your doc­tor can per­form both a breast and pelvic exam. You can also re­quest to un­dress in stages (top off only dur­ing the breast exam, then bot­tom half off for the vagi­nal exam).

SKIN SCREEN­ING:

Re­move all your clothes ex­cept un­der­wear. Your der­ma­tol­o­gist can lift them away from your body as needed to check the skin there.

SICK­NESS VISIT:

Clothes on. Your doc should talk to you first about your symp­toms. For ex­am­ple, if you have a sus­pected UTI, she might want to ex­am­ine your ab­domen, but it’s un­likely you’ll need to un­dress.

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