7 Things You Should Let Your Patients Know as a Gynecologist

Things You Should Let Your Patients Know as a Gynecologist

As a gynecologist, you provide medical guidance to women through several life-changing events.

However, since you specialize in female reproductive health and there is a bit of shame associated with it, chances are that some or most of your patients feel anxious as soon as they walk into your office.

Of course, you don’t want that, as your goal is to help your patients achieve the best reproductive health.

Here are some things you need to let them know so that they will not be under duress the next time they book an appointment.

1. They can Start Early

Most parents don’t know when the best time is for them to start taking their daughters for gynecological visits.

Some will think it is too early, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that girls have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15.

Of course, it may not be necessary for a teenage girl to be examined when they get to your practice, but it is advisable to introduce them to their body and what it can do.

This works to reduce or even eliminate any fears they may have had, as well as to relieve their guardians of the burden of explaining changes in their bodies.

This also sets a good foundation so that as the girls grow up, they make gynecology visits a part of their healthcare.

2. They Don’t Have to Groom Before Visits

You know that you do not care about your patients’ grooming tendencies but they don’t. Most will spend days deciding what to do before visiting your practice, which is quite unnecessary.

Most women are often concerned about sweat, discharge, and unpleasant smells, which should not be the case.

It’s important to avoid vaginal douches or special washes; simple hygiene practices are sufficient.

No need to go overboard with grooming.

3. Hygiene Should be Kept Basic

A good number of women are misinformed when it comes to the hygiene of their reproductive organs.

The thing is that they do not need to introduce foreign substances or use many products to stay clean.

The vagina is a self-cleaning organ in the first place, and introducing foreign substances can change its PH, which can then lead to a myriad of problems.

Using just water is often enough to clean the vagina, while mild, unscented soap can be used on the vulva if desired. Avoid using soap inside the vagina.

4. Bumps Should be Addressed

It is common to notice bumps in your nether regions and they could be caused by anything from excessive heat to ingrown hairs.

However, a bump in that area could also mean a more serious problem. This is why it is important to visit a gynecologist if you notice any bumps.

5. There is Normal and Abnormal Discharge

We already mentioned that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. That means that they will be discharged due to the cleansing process.

What most women don’t know is that there is normal and abnormal discharge. Normal discharge can vary from clear to milky white and may also change in consistency and volume throughout the menstrual cycle.

If a woman is experiencing anything other than that, they should visit their gynecologist.

6. Your Office is a Safe Space

Women will feel vulnerable when it comes to discussing their reproductive health. However, it is your job as their physician to make them feel comfortable and safe in your presence so they can open up without feeling judged.

You are there to accord them the best possible care, so whether they are talking about multiple sexual partners or risky behavior that could affect their sexual health negatively, the best you can do is listen and provide non-judgmental guidance and support.

7. They can Talk to you About Other Health Issues

Granted, patients will come to you with reproductive health concerns but since you develop trust and create a bond with them, it is perfectly fine if they let you know about any other health concerns they may have.

That way, you can steer them in the right direction or even recommend a specialist to help with whatever they may be dealing with.

Final Thoughts

As a reproductive health specialist, it may be hard to treat patients who are afraid of opening up or ashamed of the conditions they are suffering from.

By letting your patients know everything discussed above, you should have an easier time with them.

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Current Version
December 8, 2021
Written By
Shubham Grover
March 31, 2024
Updated By
Franco Cuevas, MD

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