First order of business, happy Thursday!

Second order of business, let’s talk about the Gynecologist!

Even though there are literally tens of guys who read my blog, this is a post geared toward the ladies. Sorry fellas.

Since this is a health and wellness blog, I feel I should cover more than just diet and exercise on occasion. And since the vast majority of readers are women, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of the annual trip to the gyno. I had mine yesterday. It’s not the most fun activity one can imagine, but it is a necessary and integral part to staying healthy. Even if you have the nicest gynecologist in the world (which I do) the annual visit can still be an experience one wishes to avoid.

And now a witty moment with everyone’s favorite OB/GYN, Cliff Huxtable:

Everyone's favorite ob/gyn!

I love that show :)

And on that note, I’m just going to jump right into today’s countdown (because I think the title pretty much speaks for itself)

Top 8 Things I Would Change About The Annual Visit To The Gynecologist If I Was In Charge Of Such Things

8. Have a TV on the wall across from the examination chair. It would be nice to have a little distraction for my eyes. Personally, I never know where to look.

7. Perhaps offer a blow dry bar in the same place. Two birds, one stone. Just saying.

6. Always have the office located between a Starbucks and a Froyo place. Because I always want one on my way in and the other on my way out.

5. Letter size pamphlets, instead of legal size. Rather than those pamphlets about “Your Uturus And U” that are always so tall they stick out of your purse, maybe just give me a post-it with the name of the website where I can find all this information.

4. Make-up consultation. Because I could really use one. And if I’m already sitting there in the waiting room, looking at my face in the self-view camera on my iphone out of boredom, it seems like a good time for one.

3. In-office tailor. Since you have to disrobe anyways, if they had a tailor on hand who could maybe fix that hem while you’re having your exam, that would be stellar.

2. Built-in ultra speedy lab that only does pap and blood tests for that particular office. Like a good dry cleaner, you never have to wait longer than 8 hours for results. You come in the morning, and they’ll have something for you by the time you’re done with work.

1. Snacks. I think some refreshments would go a long way in making the experience a little more enjoyable.


Oh Cliff Huxtable :)

Do you mind going to the doctor, or do you tend to put it off?

What’s your least favorite part about going?

Any other ideas to add to the list?

77 Thoughts on “Top 8 Things I Would Change About The Annual Visit To The Gynecologist If I Was In Charge Of Such Things

  1. Love this! I especially love the in-office tailor! Genius! 😉 I hate going to the gynecologist, but I go regularly. As you say, it’s necessary and I’d rather not take a chance and have an issue.
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  2. We’re operating in parallel universes – I had my annual appointment yesterday too! I think they should install a FroYo dispenser in the office itself. After such a personal intrusion, a little FroYo would go a long way! This would be particularly AWESOME when you’re pregnant and have to schlepp your pregnant body to the office no less than 5 thousand times. One nice touch my doctor’s office does have is little space heaters in each exam room. That way you don’t freeze your lady parts off while you’re waiting for the doc to come in. My biggest complaint – even though the actual exam takes about 2 minutes, my OB-GYN appointments always take FOREVER. I know the docs get behind because they have to deliver babies every now and then, but there’s got to be a way to speed things up for the poor schmucks waiting in their bday suits!
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    • Thats so funny! omg parallel lives! and ohh those space heaters sound downright luxurious. and yes there is no waiting like waiting to see your gynecologist. I dont think i’ve ever been seen within 30 minutes of my appointment time. its understandable, but still, they make all other waiting rooms look speedy.

  3. Rofl omigosh… The way you started your post with the orders of business is -exactly- how I started mine. Creepy 😛

    And YES to the TV – like seriously, where are you supposed to look when someone is all up in your business? I complain about not knowing what to do with myself when I’m standing at an intersection waiting for the light to change, never mind while my personal space is being violated. And I absolutely -hate- waiting for test results… My mind immediately expects the worst, so the wait is just agony.
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    • LOL-“I complain about not knowing what to do with myself when I’m standing at an intersection waiting for the light to change, never mind while my personal space is being violated.” omg im laughing. and yep- as soon as i get blood work done i automatically start thinking i have everything im being tested for. the less long i have to wait for results the better.

  4. LOLZ omg this is amazing! I would be all about the TV for sure, I never know what to say or where to look so having that would eliminate both, for sure! I HATE going to any doctor so I always put it off like crazy. As in, the most recent thing I’ve done is go to the gyno and that’s because I needed BC, but before that, it had been almost a year with my last visit being another annual for more BC. Oh the joys of womanhood. Have a lovely day pretty face!
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  5. I’m definitely in for fro-yo, and it should be free as a consolation prize.
    A tv would be nice, too!
    My least fave part of going is the stress beforehand!
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  6. Thankfully my doc is super speedy and it’s all over in a flash! I do love the Cosby Show…you’ve inspired me to look it up so I can watch it all again!
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  7. I’m really not a fan of staring at the vaginas on display in the rooms. I mean I understand that they use them to show you what’s going on.. but really, you went to school for it, can’t you just draw me a photo?
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  8. I don’t particularly mind going to the doctor, but I hate waiting. It’s just such a pain. After shadowing, I realize that doctors are busy and they do in fact try to make sufficient time for every patient and that’s what often causes them to run late, but it’s just a little annoyance. I agree with all of these, though–especially the TV one. I usually just end up staring at the ceiling, although a TV would be much, much more entertaining…
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    • yeah you’ve been getting a first hand look of life on the other side of the equation, with the doctors. i think its completely understandable that, you know, babies have to be born and stuff so gynos tend to run late, but yeah a tv would be nice :)

  9. ha! TBH, the gyn doesn’t really bother me that much. She’s super nice and always tells me what she’s going to do BEFORE she does it, so I’m not caught off guard or anything.

    Something that I would like is a way to really wash yourself right before the exam, like in the actual room. Some sort of little fountain or something with fancy soap :)

    Snacks, though, are always good. In fact, I can’t think of a single situation that wouldn’t be improved by having more snacks there.
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    • I was actually thinking the exact same thing! like, i try to get morning appts so its not that long between a shower and the appointment, but yeah a little way to freshen up would be a major bonus (for everyone involved, i would imagine!)

  10. Lol, love this post & I LOVE the Cosby show! I watch it almost every night on Centric or TVland – good ‘ole family fun! Interesting enough, I actually have an apt. early next week. So yea, I soo agree about the TV. I don’t mind going, but having a TV in the office would make the overall trip even better and a welcomed distraction. 😉
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    • Yeah, i mean small talk is all fine and good and stuff, but its still a little awkward talking about, like, the Red Sox while the doc is all up in my hoo-ha. and omg i still laugh at the cosby show out loud. that show is FUNNY.

  11. Lindsey on June 27, 2013 at 9:36 am said:

    Omg you made my day! I just found your blog so this I’d my first time commenting, but your post made me laugh out loud. Amazing suggestion for gyno office. TV on ceiling like at dentist would be great. I do still go regularly to my doc, and quite often to be safe (I’m one of those patients with a million questions)

    • Lol, thanks Lindsey! Aw man, what a post to happen upon your first time here, I promise it’s usually a little more normal. Not much, but a little :) and your dentist has a tv on the ceiling?! i need a new dentist!

  12. Agreed. The gyno is not a fun experience, but snacks, froyo, Starbucks, a TV, and a night blow out would make me a real happy gal.
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  13. Other than when I was pregnant and was forced to go to the dr…I never go! And haven’t been since then. I figure as long as I feel fine I don’t need to go…and dr’s offices terrify me :/
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  14. Ha! Love this list! From personal experience, I’d have to add how about hiring receptionist/nurses that enjoy their job and are maybe semi-nice. Or at least are cordial to the patients and then be miserable beeotches after I leave. I know that’s Dr. offices in general though, no one ever comes off semi-friendly over the phone. It’s quite a pet peeve for me.

    Blow out I would LOVE afterward!!
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    • Right! oh its so true- my overall experience of the appointment has so much to do with the nurses. Because they’re who you deal with mostly. I mean you want a nice, competent doctor and all but you also want nice, competent nurses just as much!

  15. I’m speechless regarding number 7!!!!
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  16. Ohmygod yes to the TV. So yes, I’m usually staring at the ceiling waiting for it to be over…and the in-office tailor thing is just brilliant.
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  17. LOLOLOL – literally the worse time of the year. I’m with you on all of the above, especially snacks. And I’d also like it if they told me what they were looking for when they pricked my finger, tested the blood and wrote a number down. WHATS THAT NUMBER FOR?! Is 10 good or bad?!?! Oh – life as a lady!
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    • LOL- oh i know! and they do all the blood work and blood pressure stuff so fast and they’re writing down all these numbers and when you ask what that number was they just say the number out loud. and then you have to be like “is that good?” and they’ll sigh be like “yes” and you’re like “really good? or just good good?” and then they sigh again and say the dr will be right in. i know that drill!

  18. Love that “your mother and I are rich, you have nothing”… that’s hilarious! And I totally agree with you on the TV. That would be awesome. Maybe with a remote… or some good movies. Episodes of Friends or something. That would be perfect. Lol!
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  19. Hehe these are all perfect, especially the Froyo part. I also have to have an ice cream consolation prize after visiting the lady doctor. Maybe add a small bar in the lobby so you can have just a little nip before it starts?
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  20. Love this! :-) I agree with all your ideas! I have to go for my yearly appt. soon … SO looking forward to it! haha
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  21. This is a very funny and true post! My doctor is great but I used to have a very bad one it was aweful.

    • I feel like in the field of gynecology you’re either great or terrible. like there’s no such thing as a so-so feeling about your gyno. good ones are amazing, and bad ones are just the worst.

  22. I’ve been to doctor’s offices probably every week for the past two years for all of my knee issues and I CANNOT agree with this more… Not only should a television be in each examine room but in the waiting rooms as well. Also, make sure you have up-to-date magazines because most of them are ripped, torn, and from about 1995.

    I haven’t gone to the gynecologist ever. Oops? Avoidance at its finest.

    • oh man those knee issues of yours is all sorts of no good. so yeah, you know ex-act-ly what i mean about needing some distractions while waiting. and yeah why is it those magazines are all from 1995 no matter where you go?

  23. Haha I love this. I actually don’t really mind the gynecologist. I mean it’s a bit awkward but at least it’s over with fast, right.
    But I’m totally all in for your ideas and really think they should be put into action asap. Can we start a petition or something?
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    • Lol, i laughed at the idea of a petition :) and you know, its true, my gynecologist is actually my favorite of all my doctors, there’s really not much to complain about aside from the inherent awkwardness of the exam.

  24. Ahh, yes! A blow out bar so at least you have something to look forward to! So funny, my GYN annual appt is tomorrow and I dread it. I already rescheduled the appt once bc I didn’t want to go. :/
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    • Haha- I rescheduled mine also from early june. i usually try to find a couple excuses as to why i cant make it and then eventually convince myself to just go or they’ll drop me as a patient :)

  25. tinazab on June 27, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

    A Starbucks or FroYo BEFORE you go in?!? Don’t you get weighed? I don’t even swallow the water after I brush my teeth.

    • HAHA! omg this made me laugh out loud. they do weigh me, and this way i can subtract an extra 7 lbs from the 15 lbs i already subtract because of my clothes.

  26. Judy on June 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm said:

    Warm the speculum! Forget all those other things, stick a cold thing in me and then tell me to relax…. yeah, right. I haven’t been to a gyno for over two years as the clinic I go to switched doctors and the new one doesn’t do “lady parts” as I learned when I went in for a UTI. I told him everyone pees.

    I prefer using my general doc for the annual gyno as opposed to an official GYN doc as they make you wait so long. Plus the last GYN I had was pro-life and shoved it in your face. She was horrified I had no children and wanted no children. I got lectured on it all the time. I have no idea why I kept going back to her. Now I’m GYN-shy.

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  28. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! I just went on Monday!!! BAHAHAHA. Worst thing ever, but I so agree with you on all of your suggestions. My least favorite part is the “conversation” they try to have you whilst being felt up, among other things. Just don’t talk to me. I don’t want to be here, and it’s weird that you do!
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    • LOL! Small small world. And i knowww, i mean, i suppose the alternative of just not talking isnt much better… but yeah its just always going to be awkward when someone tries to make small talk when that person’s eyes are not exactly looking at me in the face.

  29. This is hysterical! My favorite is the tailor..well said my friend!
    I do have to strongly agree about the TV. I’m always awkwardly looking around and wouldn’t mind the distraction. My gyno always brings up the weather during said moments. Gotta love it.
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    • yeah mine started talking about real estate. I thought it was a nice conversation over all, if, you know, we were face to face and not face to hoo-ha.

  30. Just last year – they changed these type of appointments here in Canada – to every other year…assuming that your results come back “normal”…so I guess I’m in the clear until next summer
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    • PS. I know my dr. outside the office (actually went on a group wedding/vaycay to Mexico last year)…I’m not a shy person – so it doesn’t bother me – but I think he felt a little awkward about things the first time…
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      • Lol, thats so funny you’re friends with yours- in some ways that seems like it would be more comfortable in other ways, maybe less so, at least in the beginning! thats so cool you guys only have to go every 2 years, america needs to adopt that standard!

  31. My mom was reading this over my shoulder and commenting things such as ‘this is so true’ and ‘yes to the froyo’ and ‘a tv would make everything less awkward!’ I think you have a new fan!
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  32. Haha. I love you list especially #6! While some fear going to the dentist, I fear going to the Gyno. And I like a froyo reward after that! :)
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  33. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but I do it yearly! I think the tv would be excellent. My doc talks to me the whole time which is nice and makes it go by faster. :)
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  34. I used to hate the gyno but, during the last year my lady junk has been examined than more gynos than I can even count. *sigh* you sorta get over it at some point. Although a froyo shop next to the gynos office is a brilliant idea.
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  35. Hahaha! I agree to all of those! Especially having it in between fro-yo and Starbucks. Necessities!
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  36. Hahah I love this list and I just hope some gynaecologists out there are reading it! A Starbucks or Fro Yo joint anywhere is ALWAYS a good idea. And thanks for the Bill Cosby reference- they never fail to make me laugh!

    Happy Friday, girlie!
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  37. This is SO great! I totally agree! Maybe a bar as well as snacks – a little alcohol never hurts when it comes to asking someone to spread their legs!
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  38. Couldn’t agree more! Particularly on the blow dry & tailor ideas!
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