To be a Gynecologist, you have to have a calling for it. Your face and hands are constantly in and near a ladies private bits, and you are responsible for an important aspect of women’s health. Gynecology as medical field encompasses:
- Reproductive organs
- Pregnancy & Delivery
Like any one that has a job that deals with the general public, there are habits that patients have that drive Gynecologists crazy.
These are 12 habits that drive your Gyno crazy. So the next time you are headed for your Gyno check up, keep these in mind so the appointment goes smoothly for the both of you. After all, the Gyno deals with your precious cargo so you want to keep them happy.
1. Don’t cancel your appointment just because you are on your menstrual cycle. Doesn’t matter if you are going for a pap smear or what, Gyno’s are adamant you should not cancel. Besides, they are quite familiar with the time of the month and know what to expect. If you think your flow is too heavy, that is actually a great reason to go!
2. This one is universal amongst doctors. Don’t self-diagnose. With the advent of the internet and how easy it is to Google your symptoms, everyone thinks they are a doctor. If you think something is wrong, don’t guess and go down the rabbit hole of the internet, book an appointment.
3. Every woman is familiar with being told by their Gyno to scoot down the examining table until your bottom is right at the base. Hint: they hate telling you. Just do it, you already know they are going to ask! Get that bottom almost hanging off the edge and your legs in those stirrups. Unless you feel super exposed, you aren’t doing it right.
4. Gyno’s deal with a very private part of female bodies. A lot of women are embarrassed to speak up about things that may be going on down there, but you never should. Your Gyno will never judge you or your private parts and being honest and open with your Gyno can mean the difference between life and death. Extreme, but it’s true.
5. Pelvic exams and pap smears save lives. Every three years, you should be getting a pap smear unless your Gyno tells you need to do it even more often. It’s such a fast and quick thing to do, and your Gyno really hates it when you don’t get it done. Cervical cancer is one of the most aggressive and painful types.
6. When dealing with a new Gyno, make sure you tell them if you have had kids, and how many kids you have. Also whether you gave birth naturally or by c-section. All of this information is important because it will help the Gyno choose the right size of instruments to use on you. This will make the experience much more comfortable for you.
8. Don’t bother apologizing if things are not very groomed on your lady bits. They don’t notice and they really don’t care because they are so desensitized to it. You really don’t have to shave for your Gyno. Let your bush be free.
9. There are a lot of women out there that prefer a female Gyno, but you need to make that evident before you’re at the appointment. Don’t get there knowing it’s a male doctor and then try and stall because you are not keen about having a man you don’t know in your bits and pieces. If you know you prefer a female doctor, find a female doctor and don’t waste anyone’s time.
10. Stop using all those weird products to clean your bits. Literally the only thing that should be going inside of you is warm water. No soaps or body washes. Coconut oil is okay though.
12. Be open about your physically intimate life. If there is any pain or discomfort that occurs during intimate times, your Gyno definitely needs to know. Leave all your embarrassment and shyness at the door because your Gyno literally should be hearing all the most embarrassing details because they can be sympotmatic of something.
13. The small talk isn’t just because they actually care what place your son came in at his last piano recital. It’s meant to calm you down and relieve any stress you may be feeling; don’t brush it off as annoying, it’s for your sake.
14. They’ve experienced every fluid you can imagine during an exam, don’t feel embarrassed or ask the exam to stop. They’re the professional.
16. They’re all fully trained surgeons, and operate quite a bit. Treat them with the respect you would any surgeon, and trust their advice.
17. Gynos often work extremely long shifts, and can seem tired when you see them. That doesn’t mean they are any worse at their job; they’re used to it by now.
18. Your Gyno can’t tell you whether your STI is because your partner cheated on you or not. It would be unprofessional for them to guess, so stop asking.
20. Sometimes Gynos can become invested too, and very much care for the patients and the lives they bring into the world. Don’t treat them like the unwanted aunt at Thanksgiving dinner (but make sure you see them at least once a year!)
21. Your unshaven legs don’t bother them. Just like your other lady bits, if you haven’t waxed that morning it’s ok. No one is here to judge you.
22. They don’t want to talk about work outside of work. Don’t try to be the funny guy that wants “details” on that day’s clients – that’s disgusting.
24. Yes, they may have video on their phones or tablets to show you what a surgery consists of, but no, they won’t be sharing it on the internet. Respecting privacy is a big part of being a gynecologist.
25. If you have a physically active intimate life, whether you’re in a relationship with one partner or with multiple partners, and you are not using a birth control your Gyno will hate you. Getting birth control is so easy these days. There are so many options, and things can go so wrong when you don’t use it. Forget unplanned pregnancy, there is a whole host of health issues that can arise from not using birth control.
26. You do not need to wait for something to go wrong or to get pregnant to make an appointment with your Gyno. In fact, they want to see you before that! It is recommended that girls schedule their first appointment around 15 years old so they can get used to regular checkups and build a relationship with their doctor. This first appointment will most likely just be chatting with your Gyno, so you can relax about having to spread your legs at your first appointment. Unless, of course, you choose to see a Gyno for a specific reason.
28. Don’t be too sensitive and be ready for your Doctor to be brutally honest about anything and everything. Put your feelings aside because your gyno is thinking about your health first and sometimes they can come off harsh. They don’t want to hurt your feelings, they just want you and your special lady bits to stay healthy and sometimes that includes hearing things you don’t like.