Post # 1
I guess this could be spin-offy, but I don’t want to come off as snarky or offend anyone ….
I understand that everyone has their fears/anxieties/things they HATE doing, etc, and that’s fine. I am a HUGE anxiety case and I don’t like going to my PCP too much and I LOATHE the dentist. Like …. I need Xanax for a simple cleaning lol
So you would think that I would hate the female doctor too. But … I don’t.
Of course I was nervous when I went the very first time, but it was a piece of cake. And every time afterwards has been a piece of cake too.
I feel NO pain, NO discomfort, NO awkwardness or anything. I’ve never had any complications (abnormal pap – knock on wood) so that might be part of it. I also was lucky enough to have a recommendation for a really AWESOME team of doctors so that’s probably a factor too (and I only go to women doctors).
But I don’t know … physically, the exam is not even uncomfortable for me. If I had to describe it, I would say it’s like someone pressing their fingers against your skin. The pap doesn’t even hurt and I don’t ever have cramping.
And the doctors I go to talk to you about anything and everything for as long as you need.
Again, I understand that everyone has different anxieties about different doctors, but I find it odd that so many women HATE their gynecologist. And I know that there are disorders and things associated with the vagina, etc, so I could see why the exam would be physically uncomfortable or even painful for some women, but again, I find it odd that it’s so awful for most people and I wonder why.
Post # 3
I went to a gynecologist once. He was not a female doctor. I wasn’t thrilled about going, as I thought it was silly. I liked him though, and didn’t have an issue with the appointment, he just referred me to another specialist. There was no exam.
Post # 4
I have never minded the gyno either, even though I’ve had pretty much every rotten procedure possible, haha (bad Pap, colopscopy, LEEP, bad tear in childbirth and the multiple follow-up exams that go with it). You’re right, I’d take the gyno over the dentist any day!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I don’t have a problem with the gyno. It’s not fun and it does hurt a little, but I don’t dread it. My doctor is very nice and professional and makes the process as easy as possible.
Post # 6
No, I don’t hate it. I’ve had to go every year since I was 13 so I got pretty used to it. My gynos have always been female. Much preferable to the dentist! I don’t have a fear of the dentist either, but it is NOT fun. Much more uncomfortable to me than a gyno visit.
Post # 7
@Stace126: I’ve never minded going to the gyno and I have a male doctor. It doesn’t bother me and I don’t get anxious about it. They’re doctors who look at vaginas all day, nothing to feel nervous or awkward about.
Post # 8
I don’t mind them either. I see a PA as my PCP and she does my pap as part of my regular wellness exam, I don’t go to a gyno. She’s not awkward at all, we just make small talk while she’s doing it, I never had any bad experiences with pain or results. I actually know her outside of the office, too, I used to take piano lessons with her daughter in elementary school. And she’s also my mom’s PCP. I’m a nurse and help with pelvic exams all the time so it’s just normal to me I guess, not embarrassing at all.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I don’t have any issues or anxiety about going but I always feel a little uncomfortable when I’m there and I’m glad when it’s over. I think I feel more comfortable now that I’ve been going to the same doctor for a few years.
The dentist on the other hand, I have no problem with at all! I always get the best compliments from my dentist. LOL. They always tell me how wonderful and great my teeth are so I guess it doesn’t bother me to go.
Post # 10
I have never been axious or bothered by going to the gyno. I have had both male and female doctors and have never felt less than amazingly well cared for.
Post # 11
I don’t mind it. It’s physically uncomfortable for me, but it’s 10 seconds of discomfort once a year. No problemo!
Post # 12
I don’t mind either. I really like my current gyno (female), but I’ve had both. My current gyno even “surprised” me with a new finger in the bum check, but even that was like a one second “wait did that just happen” kind of thing, and I was on my way.
I had one male muslim gyno that I felt was SLIGHTLY judgemental toward writing me a prescription, but even he was no big deal.
I like my dentist, but I worry he will scold me for not flossing carefully enough or something! My gyno never scolds, ha!
Post # 13
I don’t mind it one bit. They seem hundreds of vaginas a week. I know mine can’t be the worse. And I don’t even think it’s uncomfortable.
So ya, you’re not alone!
Post # 14
I HATE gyno visits because I hate the speculum. I am a mother but never gave vaginal birth (I hope to be able to when we try for another child) and they need to use a small pediatric speculum because the normal size hurts like shit, no matter how much I relax. A previous gyno told me I’d always have this issue and that it would be extremely hard for me to give vaginal birth, turned out to be 100% accurate.
Post # 15
I don’t mind the gyno at all. I go every year, male, female doesn’t matter to me. I don’t visit the dentist as often as I should though 🙂
Post # 16
Doesn’t bother me at all and I’ve had a male doctor since I started going at 17. The first time I went I had a abnormal result and had to have a Colcoscopy. I then had to go every 6 months for like 2 or 3 years so I’ve been far more than most 25 year-old women. My male doctor is actually retired and it made me sad. He was a great doctor, incredibly professional, and I trusted him. Now to find a new doc!