Dr. Oz: What Your Gynecologist is Really Thinking
A lot of women worry about what their gynecologist thinks about them. Dr. Oz talked to three gynecologists to find out if they really care about women’s overdue pedicures, cellulite, or bad hygiene.
Dr. Oz: Do Gynecologists Care About Grooming?
Dr. Rebecca Brightman said that people really think their OB/GYN are worried about their grooming. She said the truth is that we all have hair and we all have pubic hair. She said the hair is there for a purpose and unless the woman has a problem from waxing or lasering it off, it’s no concern of theirs.
Dr. Evelyn Minaya said that she feels flattered. “You’ll shave for me but you won’t shave for your partner. That’s pretty good. I feel flattered for that,” she joked. “No, it doesn’t matter.”
The third doctor, Dr. Margaret Nachtigall, said it doesn’t matter if they’re groomed or not. Dr. Oz did a survey and found out that 71 percent of women wax or shave their legs and bikini area before going to the gynecologist.
Dr. Brightman said she thought it was silly. People always apologize for their pedicures as well. Dr. Minaya said that gynecologists have a job to provide a safe space and form a wonderful relationship without the patient feeling embarrassed. In the room, the woman is already feeling vulnerable, there’s no reason to feel more vulnerable. “Honestly, we really don’t care. If we really cared, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing,” Dr. Brightman said.
Dr. Oz: Should You Cancel an OB/GYN Appointment If You’re On Your Period?
Dr. Oz also found out in his survey that 82 percent of women would cancel their gynecologist appointment if they’re on their period. Dr. Minaya said that’s the most common cause of cancellation for her. But it’s not always a problem in the appointment. There are new pap smears that are able to be used even when women have their period.
The only times not to come in if you have your period is if you’re being retested for an abnormal pap smear or if you’re going to be tested for an STI.
Dr. Oz: Don’t Lie to Your Gynecologist
Dr. Oz’s poll showed that 19 percent of women lie to their gynecologist about their number of partners. All three doctors said that patients should be honest because it’s all about communication. The gynecologist needs to know about everything to give you the best care. Their doctor shouldn’t be there to judge them. Dr. Nachtigall said that everything a patient tells their doctor is completely confidential, so there’s no need to lie. If you feel uncomfortable with your gynecologist, then find another one you are comfortable with. The truth is important to tell them.