The Drs: Lying To Your OB/GYN
In honor of National Women’s Health Week, The Doctors were joined by Sascha de Gersdorff, deputy editor from Women’s Health magazine, who recently uncovered some interesting information about women’s health. Sascha explained that their first topic was intimate health, because a poll showed that 54% of women are not honest with their OB/GYN.
As for the secrets that you really shouldn’t keep from your OB/GYN, Sascha started with “I take the pill regularly.” The truth is that 30% of women miss one or more doses every month but they don’t tell their doctor. Dr Ashton said the scary part about that is that with typical use, the pill has an 8% failure rate. Not taking the pill as you should can cause increases in bleeding and a higher chance of getting pregnant.
The Drs: Lying To Your Doctor + Self-Breast Exams
Another lie women commonly give is “My love life is alive and well.” Sascha said the key is that the patient should be more proactive. They found that only one in three doctors ask their patients about their satisfaction. Dr Rachael Ross said if you’re having issues, your doctor can help, that’s why it’s so important to be clear about how things are going.
Third, many women claim they regularly do self-breast exams. Sascha said they’re crucial because every woman knows their own body best. Dr Travis Stork said husbands are more than happy to help out. Dr Jennifer Ashton said a great time to do the self-exam is right after your period. Make sure you do it lying down, standing up, and bending over. If something doesn’t feel right, talk to your doctor! You don’t want to regret not finding something that you would have if you would have just done a self-exam.
Have you ever lied to your doctor? Do you feel comfortable enough to always tell them the truth?