I am about six weeks pregnant with my first baby. I have my first prenatal appointment in a few weeks. I received some paperwork from my doctor which went over what to expect, etc, and it said they would be doing a pelvic exam with pap and cervical cultures during my first visit (8 weeks). As irrational as it may be, I have a major fear/concern of getting this done so early in pregnancy. I called the office to ask if I could wait until after the 1st trimester at least, but she said "no....it is routine ob practice, they need to know if I have any infections, etc." I am confident I don't as I had a normal pap in January and my partner and I have never been with anyone but each other.
Do any of you have doctors that have allowed you to decline an internal in early pregnancy? I am in in the western/northern Philly suburbs.
Thank you for any help you can offer!