RantIntrusive, annoying, and dare I say, unnecessary. This is how I would describe their routine exams. I hate how every time I go to a doctor in this country, every hole in my body is invaded, blood samples are taken, and time is wasted.
As I mentioned before, I've been spotting a little after every workout. To be safe, I went to my physician today to get it checked out. I described everything that was going on, and ba
Then she's like, you had a pap smear recently, and you're not due for another one until next year, but why don't we do one anyway and test you again for chlamydia! .... WHY? :( My last pap results were fine, I am still with the same dude, no cheating on either side, so WHY? I told her that, and she said ok she'll just take a look to see if I have polyps.
So we go ahead with it. I am personally uncomfortable spreading my legs to strangers unless there is absolute necessity. Call me weird, but I don't like it. I do it anyway, and she reaches for the metal tongues. Those things have hard edges, and no amount of lubricant can change that. If the person is not careful, which is what happened the last time I did it, it can hurt. I looked a little uncomfortable/anxious because I was anticipating that, so she asked me if I am a virgin :S Of course non-virgins look zenful when they're about to get a pap smear right? And then a while later, she reaches for the cotton swab, which looks like a 10 inch wooden tooth pick with a soft tip. This is where I really worry. This thing is so thin and long, it's like a skewer that can pierce right through my uterus or something. Then, she started putting her fingers inside... Is this all really necessary?
After all this was done, she said she also ordered blood work while we're at it.
What was supposed to be a 20 minute appointment, ended up being 2 hours at that clinic, with blood work and pap smears and hole invasions "while we're at it". I have never walked into a doctor's office and not gotten blood work done "while we're at it".
In the past, 3 different people placed their fingers up my behind in the same week. The first one did it for a good reason and found everything to be ok. So why couldn't he just share his findings with the other physicians to spare me the awkwardness?
Finally, breast exams. Why did the nurse have to do it for me?! Refer me to a youtube or a brochure or something, and I can take care of it.
I am all for preventative care, but sometimes it gets too much.