HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S MONTH: Now Go Find A Gynecologist
My sincerest apologies to the few, yet regular subscribers, that my blog has gathered so far for the lack of posts as of late. And I know I should have been more prepared for the ups and downs of blog-dome and be all together about this and had extra content, but truth be told, life just happens.
And apparently, so do 16-day periods that come out of nowhere. That lovely total tripled my regular monthly menstrual cycle allowance. Like a triple salchow. Okay, not like that at all.
But please keep reading.
As a 40+ year old woman, you’d think I would know something off might have been happening. The thing is, I never wanted children so I don’t have kids, thus things have always been pretty kosher down there, until whatever this was/is came forth.
I was just going to go with the flow (sorry, couldn’t help it) even with the unbearable cramps, hoping it would eventually stop, if it wasn’t for a girlfriend.
On Day 10 of Red Rum, I casually texted a friend/co-worker that I was, well, on Day 10 of Crimson Tide so I wouldn’t be able to attend a party. She called me two seconds later and not about the party. Go see a gynecologist, she immediately advised; as did the next five women I spoke to, including my sisters, when I told them about the visitor that wouldn’t take the hint already and leave.
I know I need to be more proactive about my health and self-care, even more-so now at my age. And I also need to find a good Primary Care Physician (because they can lead you to the correct specialists if need be).
I ended up running around Valentine’s Day Eve to different urgent cares even though I have awesome insurance and belong to a great hospital group, due to inflexible hours, not having a regular Primary Care Doctor, and well - THERE’S NOT ENOUGH GOOD MEDICAL EMERGENCY CARE FOR WOMEN. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH!
Seriously - I had to search for an urgent care that was able to do emergency OBGYN lab and imaging work. What kind of madness is that? We have so much work to do, but that’s for another post.
I found one that’s open 24/7 and specifically for OBGYN-emergencies and run by ALL women - doctors and nurses.
I got an ultrasound and everything looked fine. They decided to do a cervical biopsy just in case. I’m going back for those results soon, so wish me luck.
As for you readers, I know you’re all way ahead of me and have a regular doctor, gynecologist, etc, right? If that’s not the case, I implore you to please get one. Click here and check out this article which has tips on how to choose the right doctor. 👊🏽
P.S. I’m also not going dismiss the fact that this could be the cause of stress or other issues that needs to be dealt with in a therapist’s office, so please believe she has been contacted. Let’s all get over ourselves and our shame, if that’s one of them. Get yourself the help you need, whether through a therapist or a healer. It’s the best way you can say I love you to yourself.