Gyno Visit......

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  1. diamond

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    Hi Girls,


    Well I have been having severe sharp pains on my lower left hand side of my body. I went to a GP ( haven't found someone I liked) yet since moving to Quebec, hence just went to a walk in clinic. The doctor told me it was a gastro....I tried explaining it was more a reproductive issue and he dismissed my concerns.

    The pain got worse....and i started to bleed twice a month, not light bleeding but really heavy bleeding. I went back to the doctor and he ordered some blood work to be done and an ultra sound. I was pissed that he seemed to order these battery of tests just to shut me up rather than show actual genuine concern.

    I called my best friend up and asked her if she had a really really good gyno she could refer me to. She suggested the gyno she goes to since he was the only one who found pre cancerous cells after her failed attempts visiting 4 other gyno's. ( she also had severe pain in her abdomen)

    Just sheer coincidence when i called someone had cancelled and I was able to take the appointment the following day. I did have to go back to the GP in order to get a special referral medical note or else this gyno would not take me since he did not take new patients. So I went back to the GP and asked for a referral note and he was pissed. I told him if he could just appease me and do this for me since I wanted to rule out a gynecological issue rather than a gastro issues. He finally appeased me and gave me the note.

    The following day, I went to the gyno. He made me sit in his office and he listened to all of my symptoms. AND i mean he really listened. He then asked me to go into the other room, and asked me to drop my panties. I was pretty taken aback. Usually a nurse is present ( no nurse was present) and you uncloth privately. I am a very open person, and quite self assured so i took my panties off . Please bare in mind i had a skirt on, hence I was still fully clothed minus my panties. The gyno than asked me to get up on the stir ups with my skirt and heels. ( this was the most bizarre experience) but I felt really comfortable since I was fully clothed ( minus my panties being off) up on the stir ups. He did my pap smear in like 30 seconds, ( the best i have ever had) he did a full pelvic exam. He was extremely careful touching me. ( it was a medical touch, no funny stuff went on). He then asked me to put my panties back on and meet with him in his office.

    He ordered an immediate ultrasound of my lower abandon and told me he thought i had a very very large cyst that had burst on my ovaries.

    I went to the hospital had my ultrasound and it was indeed what i had, a very large cyst 3 cm ( at thtat time) that had burst.

    When i tell my gyno experience to my friends they were all shocked and horrified that i had to take my panties in front of him, etc etc,

    to be honest i felt comfortable ( i mean it was a bit odd and strange) but i find being up on the stir ups half naked with another woman present even worse. THis doctor made me feel comfortale, no funny stuff went on, I had little time to debate or to think that I was going to show him my vagina and hence felt pretty comfortable with the entire experience.

    My question to the ladies, on here have you experienced such a gyno exam where you had to drop your panties? I know it sounds a bit off and odd, but just curious I guess..
     
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    ive had exactly the same problem as this when i was young i had to have the ovary removed because the cyst had cut off the blood supply, i had to have a few examinations in the process and all were male doctors if i remember right, its always been professional and they never made me feel uncomfortable, to be honest i was just glad to have it sorted out as i was in a lot of pain and had a very large bump developing so much so that i looked pregnant.
     
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    I think it is unusual not to have a chaperone present, and unprofessional not to really as it puts you both at risk.

    As most gynocologists see vaginas etc as nothing more than a part of a womans anatomy, and are very professional and understand that women may be particularly anxious about having this part of their anatomy examined, I would expect you to say you felt comfortable.

    It is interesting that male practitioners examining women still have chaperones, but female practitioners examining men rarely do. At least that is the case wherever I have worked.
     
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    Diamonddeb71....
    So,... what happened ?
    Did you have the cyst removed right away ?
    Hope everything's alright now.

    I would Never have wanted to go back to that first Dr. again.
    What an asshole.
     
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    :eek:wow deb. eerily similar to my own experience when diagnosed (and treated for) ovarian cancer. initially believed to be a cyst such as you described, turned out to be 2 tumours of grapefruit size, at a stage 3 malignancy. Had numerous occasions when examined with only male physician present, but NEVER just dropping articles of clothing- that was quite un-professional of him.
    and I also had an initial experience with a doc who assumed I was just having "cramps" and gave me painkillers.
    sometimes doctors can be real idiots.:rolleyes:
     
  6. ManlyBanisters

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    I can't remember how many GPs, midwives and Gyn/Obs I've had do a gyno exam - somewhere in the region of 15 at a guess - about half and half, male/female I reckon. I have never had a gyno exam with a third party present except once, during my first pregnancy, when I allowed a student obs (male) to observe my obs (male) doing the examination when I was just on full term. I have no problem with this. It is not at all required, nor sought after, to have a 'chaperone' in any country where I have required gynocological services - in fact I find it sad that there is such a letigious streak across some societies that these professionals cannot practise their profession without suspicion.

    I have many female friends and relatives and not one of them has ever had an overpersonal experience with a medical professional - I know it happens - but it is SO rare. I just think it is sad that 99.9% of trustworthy people have to be inconvenience because of .1% of their profession.

    Certainly the doctor who finally found your problem sounds like a far better doctor than the others you saw and it sounds like you recognise that.

    I hope you are well and that everything has worked out OK for you.
     
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    I've always taken my knickers off behind a screen, I usually go for smears wearing a skirt so my bottom half isn't entirely naked and its easier than having to take jeans off.
     
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    I've never had anyone present... I also have a female doctor. She gives me a big huge paper but in towel size and goes from there...


    Good that he caught it though!
     
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    Well, the radiologist who did my ultrasound stipulated that my cyst was about 3 cm, and that it was water filled. Usually a tumour is a solid mass not with water. Actually he told me that since it burst it has been shrinking on its own, however he told me that it would take about 1 week for the offical results to reach my gyno, and that I could discuss my options with him. Currently i am on anti inflammatory drugs 550 mg taken once a day in the morning. Apparently birth control pills should shrink the cyst down. If it does not go down, I might have to remove my ovary, however that does not seem to be the case since I just had my last ultrasound yesterday and the cyst is about 1.5 cm in length.
     
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    Well, the first guy was a general practitioner, I've never had a doctor that wasn't more than willing to do a preliminary and if it required a specialist, they usually know a colleague.

    Being a guy, I can't relate to the gyno exam thing, but I can sure tell you, that the dentist I had, when it came time for an oral surgeon to do his thing on a root canal, I could have cared less whether they made me strip bare naked and stand on my head in the middle of the road. When you're in pain & ill, getting better and treatment takes precedence over any embarassments or insecurities I might have.

    It was the same way when I broke both bones in my left lower arm in HS. They made me get into a hospital gown naked to set the bones and put it in a cast. The last thing I was worried about was whether or not I was comfortable with a room full of people getting me naked for this procedure.

    I do empathize with you though, there are some doctors that are simply better off writing about treating and healing others as opposed to rolling up their sleeves and trying their hand at it.
     
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    Well, I'm no doctor, with that said, I'd have the damn thing totally removed. It's already ruptured and the human body is a total system of inter-related systems that is effected by interacting with each other to perform various bodily functions. My Uncle had a cancerous tumor and they sliced a piece off to study it. Well they left a majority of it as an internal wound and it spread, meanwhile they were determining whether or not it was cancerous, which it turned out to be. In your case, the cyst has invaded your body, you are not a host to this unnecessary growth. If they are going to observe it, they can cut the whole god damn thing out and study it to their heart's content and satisfy their inquisitive minds on their own time, whether they think it's medically necessary or not. If they are going to take a sample, they might as well remove it completely is my motto. This is something you don't play around with and hope it's benign and not malignant. I can't understand doctors that take this approach, it's a minimalist approach, but what hangs in the balance is too risky to leave to chance. And let's just take a worst case scenario here, malignant and they're going to have to deal with it sooner or later anyway. With it all gone, at least what was in there and left to fester doesn't get an opportunity to spread the bad it has already grown into and become. If they had thought it was malignant, they should/would have already done some preliminary bloodwork anyway.
     
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