I am a 33-year-old woman with some gynecological problems. I have only been to a gynecologist once in my life, and this was when I was 22 years old. I had a pretty bad experience during my first exam, and never wanted to go back. However, I need help, and I'm going to have to go again.
One problem for me is that I no longer have health insurance. So, I will be going to a low cost provider. I tend to think of these places as "getting you in and getting you out" without much chance for discussion. What I want to know is if it is possible to schedule a short appointment just to talk to the doctor before setting an appointment for an exam. I want to tell her exactly what is happening with me without being rushed, and also establish some trust between us because I am so afraid of going through another bad exam. Would this be a strange request, or is it normal?
My problem is that I think I may have some hormonal problems or possibly PCOS. I have many of the symptoms of PCOS, and I am desperate for help. I also have lower abdominal pain frequently, as well as painful sex and frequent infections. Something is wrong, I just don't know what exactly is happening. And I am so afraid of going for an exam.
One of the possibilities for your symptoms is of pelvic inflammatory disease. Pelvic inflammatory disease is inflammation of female reproductive organs (uterus, ovary, etc) and caused by viral, fungal, parasitic or most often bacterial infections. You need to go for blood test, urine test, histopathological examination and Ultrasound Pelvis. If the tests come positive, you have to undergo laproscopic diagnosis for confirmation. In any case, you need to immediately visit your gynecologist as this is a serious thing and can cause permanent problems such as infertility, spread of infection etc.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.