PELVIC GURU writes:
The preface: A Pelvic Physical Therapist (did you know this even exists?) has a very unique “relationship” with patients. She spends usually 40 minutes to 1 hour with each patient (one-on-one), dealing with very personal pelvic floor or abdominal musculature issues such as chronic pelvic pain, vulvar pain, painful intercourse (dyspareunia), and painful menstruation. As indicated in recent research, patients don’t necessarily feel that their GYNs address their sexuality or sexual concerns/questions. There are certainly many GYNs who do a fabulous job with this, of course. Pelvic PTs have plenty of time to discuss all of the aforementioned matters and more. Here’s a compilation of some of the top things heard from patients during these long Pelvic PT sessions.
TOP 3 HUMOROUS COMPLAINTS ABOUT GYNS :
1. “I dread ‘sausage fingers'”. For some reason, numerous patients over the years report fears or complaints of having to endure pelvic exams by a physician who has “sausage fingers”. This seems to be a common term for those patients ‘in the know’. Believe it or not, the Urban Dictionary actually has nice definitions of sausage fingers: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sausage%20Fingers. An example of one of the definitions is: “An individual with particularly large fat fingers”.
I suppose a sausaged-fingered GYN could be considered a direct conflict of interest for patients dealing with any type of vaginal pain. Maybe this is a pre-requisite consideration for those considering a career in gynecology. Just thinkin’.
2. “I think the GYN has seen my cervix way more than the whites of my eyes”. In this day and age in the medical world, there are many people who interact with patients prior to the physician entering the room such as medical assistants or nurses. There’s a good chance that the GYN will not, in fact, meet and greet the patient face-to-face; but rather face-to-ummmm-cheek. The scenario is usually one in which the patient is already wearing the fabulous, thin, easily-torn paper gown lying in ready ‘stirrup position’; and the physician enters to see the full spread view.
3. “My OB/GYN gets totally embarrassed and uncomfortable when I ask sexual questions and sometimes runs out of the room”. Undoubtedly, patients have many questions about their sexuality – anatomy, toys, orientation, etc. Patients want to be able to ask questions about sexual topics without feeling ashamed. However, I must admit, some of the questions are quite blush-inducing for even the most seasoned of us. My gynecologist and pelvic therapy colleagues have shared all sorts of patient questions and stories with the following sampling:
- The patient who brought her vibrator into the room and asked how to use it…WITH her mom in the room.
- The patient who asks to have her G-spot stimulated by a professional.
- The patient who brings in all 4 of her current partners (male and female) and asks numerous sexual questions.
- The patient who wants help finding a sex surrogate for her husband while she is unable to have intercourse.
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Thanks and kind regards- Pelvic Guru