05 September 2009 @ 11:27 pm
 Just a quick gyno story. 

I went to see my gynecologist for the first time (I'm 20, so I haven't had to have a pap test yet) because I had some questions for her, etc. I was armed with my cup to show it to her and ask her if she'd heard of them. I was telling her something about my period and she asked how many pads and tampons I go through per cycle. I proceeded to tell her that I used neither and if she'd heard of menstrual cups. She said she had heard of them but didn't know anyone who used them regularly. She was very supportive about it, and said it was nice that it's so much more accurate on measuring my flow. I just thought I'd share a positive story about telling the gynecologist about it. I kind of figured that would be her reaction anyway because she's a younger doctor :)
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Culfitzbeew on September 6th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
horray!!! :D
ever so slightly obsessedscien on September 6th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
Age doesn't really have anything to do with it, it's really down to the individual. I had an older (male) doctor who had clearly never heard of them before nod encouragingly and ask intelligent questions about measuring how much I was bleeding, and a younger (female) doctor just give me a blank look and an 'are you sure that's hygenic?'.
lizwinlove on September 6th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
This. while not relating to doctors, there are certainly enough women here near menopause saying "why did I not hear of these ten years ago!" and just as many of us have encounters with young girls with an "ew gross" mentality. So it certainly doesn't relate to age.
blue_eye_love: heheblue_eye_love on September 6th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
I just meant that it seems as if more younger people have heard about them and are receptive. I wasn't trying to make a general all-covering statement. :)
elizabby: ACup iconelizabby on September 6th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
My doctor was very positive about cups - but he was surprised I had heard of them! He trained in the UK, where cups are apparently more common than here, but he said I was the first Aussie he had come across since moving here who used a cup. Cups *are* available in Australia, but you have to know where to look - I first heard about them from a friend in the US who uses a Diva, and that's what started me looking. If I had waited to hear about them in real life - I'd still be using tampons! Ick!
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on September 6th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, cups are great for measuring flow.
Point her to the size charts so that she can pass the word?
Alwynsabishii_kirito on September 6th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I told my gyno that I started using them when I did study abroad. I asked if they were safe and what her opinion was... She said "We don't have them here (America)." She shook her head when I asked if they were safe.

I've since moved, but even if I were still in town I doubt I'd see her. She didn't ask me any questions (and she had never heard of them), and she just outright said they were unsafe. Ehhh. Lucky you, though :3
Tiffanyn0isehazard on September 6th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Lol. Funny she even ventured to claim they weren't available in North America. :P
Dina Clare: rofl seallintilla on September 7th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
Haha, somebody didn't do the research! XD