Physical.. Awkwardd?

on Jul 05, 2012 @ 01:06 pm

So I'm a teenage girl and for the past two years have skipped my annual physical (shame on me!). I'm finally going to get one this year but in the past I've always had a female doctor. Now I'm going to have a male doctor (who I've never even see before, by the way). I'm sort of.. creeped out? I don't know.. Is this going to be awkward for me? Lol
Your experiences? Tips?
Thank you!


5 Replies

not necessarily on Jul 05, 2012 @ 01:20 pm

You should always be 100% comfortable with your family doc/gynecologist. I have had both male and female doctors and when I was your age I definitely wanted a woman. Later when I started having babies I found I preferred the men because some of the women would be like "oh honey, it doesn't hurt that badly, I should know" but the men were extremely kind and accommodating.

But in the end it really boils down to the doctor him- or herself. All docs (male and female) are required to have a female nurse in the room when doing your gyno exam. This is to make you feel safe that you won't be molested, but I'm sure it's also a protection for the docs so that some unscrupulous patient won't sue them for something that didn't happen.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with insisting on being treated by a woman or a man doctor. Anyone who rolls their eyes at you about this is being stupid. It's your body and you should feel as comfortable as possible because the gyno exam itself can be uncomfortable no matter who is performing it.

There's also nothing wrong with asking to get to know your doctor first before they do the exam. Maybe ask if you can do all the other stuff on the first visit (bloodwork, body mass, etc) and say you'll schedule the gyno exam later? That way at least you have a first impression to base your decision on. Either way, male doctors in my experience have all been extremely professional and caring and I've never felt uncomfortable just because they were men.

Thank you! on Jul 05, 2012 @ 01:25 pm

Thanks mamaluv! (:
Do I have to get a gyno exam though? I'm only going to update my working papers. Do you know what this entails?

Dont feel uncomfortable on Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:29 pm

I have had physicals done by both female and male doctors.Whenever its been a male giving me a physical a female assistant has always had to be present in the room.Even if a female wasn't in the room a doctor is usually always very professional and I have always felt comfortable.You also have a right to ask if a female assistant can be present when getting it done.Good Luck don't skip getting a physical they are so important.

Ali de Bold
Every year on Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:44 pm

You should have a pap smear every year. It only lasts a few seconds but it's really important to keep on top of that. I agree with mamaluv that you need to find a doctor you are comfortable with. It's your right. Who knows? Maybe you'll like this new doctor. If not, don't be afraid to ask if there is a female doc available.

that depends on Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:44 pm

You absolutely should have a gyno exam/PAP test if you are sexually active. This is not about pregnancy, this is about cervical cancer. The main cause of cervical cancer is HPV which is a sexually transmitted disease, so it's far more common in sexually active people. However, celibate people can still get it.

There are also other things a pelvic exam covers, including uterine fibroids and other issues so it's a good idea to have a pelvic done in regular intervals.

I have no idea if getting an industry certification or other employment-based physical requires a pelvic exam. This may or may not be explained in the literature you (hopefully) received. If not, perhaps there is a way you can find out if it's required?

But if you're not getting a pelvic exam, then I honestly don't see any reason for you to be uneasy about seeing a male doctor. He'll probably just take your height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, ask about your family history (ie. disease, conditions), your personal habits (drinking, smoking, recreational drug use, etc), and draw some blood. I think that's pretty much it.

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