Monday, 8 April 2013

#atozchallenge - G is for Gynaecologist

We're getting onto the interesting stuff in this challenge now.

If you're like me when you start trying for a baby, very few people will have actually taken a look at those bits 'down there'. Aside from a doctor when I had a water bottle burst on my lap at the age of seven, and my routine cervical smear test, I'd manage to keep most medical personnel well and truly away from my ladybits.

Until I started trying for a baby that is, or rather, until we started trying and failing to have a baby.

From what I understand, the American medical system is different to Britain in that as well as having a GP most women also have a gynaecologist who oversees that department. In Scotland, from the age of about twenty you see a nurse for a smear every three years, and your GP for everything else. As I'd never had any problems in that department, those bits had never really been under than much scrutiny.

Well, that all changes when you're struggling to have a baby. Suddenly it becomes socially acceptable for all sorts of people to start squinting at your nether regions (not to mention procedures to look at their internal workings).

The idea of all that stuff used to freak me out quite a bit but I've made my peace with it. It's kind of preparation for when we actually get pregnant, at least I've had plenty of time to come to terms with the fact that people are going to be examining me down there. It's their job and it really doesn't bother me that much now.

But remember, if you're a bit nervous about any examination you're having to have, let them know, chances are they're dealt with it before. If you're not comfortable with a male doctor, most places will be happy to accommodate your wishes for a female doctor. And while it might be unpleasant, it's only for a few minutes, lie back, think of England, and treat yourself to a big bar of chocolate afterwards!


  1. Yep, chocolate helps with pretty much anything.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

    1. Yep! Definitely makes everything better. ;-)

  2. The last time I went to Ob/Gyn, he asked me to "scoot down the table and let my legs relax." My reply," Well, sure, because this isn't awkward enough." Honestly though I actually really like him. He does his best to put me at ease and even cracks a few jokes.

    Because telling jokes while looking at someone's vagina is really, really relaxing.

    1. I think 'just relax' when someone's got their head down there is the biggest oxymoron in the world, because those two little words are going to make it so much easier to relax, hehe.


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