How many people can truthfully say they’ve been to the gynecologist in the last 6 months? The past year? Ever?
The fact is that most Indians, especially Indian women, do not go to a gynecologist for a checkup and do not stay updated with their gynecological health. This is due to multiple reasons ranging from lack of availability, lack of funds, fear of judgment, or the taboo factor. Even in educated, urban cultures, women feel shy going to a gynecologist and feel extreme discomfort at the thought of visiting one. It is strange that we are so quick to dismiss a very important body area simply because society has taught us that it is shameful or a private matter.
For cis-women, getting regular checkups is especially necessary as factors such as age, humidity, sexual activity, and even stress can wreak havoc on our immune system, and lead to small problems that when ignored, can turn into bigger issues.
Most adults in India don’t know what a pap smear is or that you can get pregnant even if you are on your period. There is a massive misunderstanding about sexual health, leading to unsafe practices such as taking emergency contraceptives as if they are prescribed birth control, which can lead to difficulty conceiving later in life.
While we understand that this is a difficult time and going to the doctor is not as easy as it used to be a few weeks ago, in today’s age, this doesn’t mean you let your health fall to the wayside. Doctors and GPs are leaning increasingly towards telephonic and video sessions to ensure the health of their patients.
This is of increasing importance during the current pandemic, as stress and anxiety itself can mess up menstrual cycles, vaginal health, and lead to disruption of hormones. Due to quarantine and self-isolation, many people are also no longer showering every day and wearing the same clothes day in and day out. This, combined with the stress and the change in temperature, creates the perfect atmosphere for bacteria to thrive.
This leads to an increase in yeast infections, bacterial infections, and even UTIs (urinary tract infections). There are many people who honestly don’t know the differences between all these different things, and may not even feel comfortable discussing this with their family GP who has seen them grow up from a child to an adult. However, these are incredibly common infections, and suffering from one doesn’t imply anything about you as a person.
Strangely, we often feel more comfortable talking to a stranger. Maybe because this person doesn’t know our history and doesn’t have any preconceived notions about us, we feel comfortable divulging our secrets to them. So be it. Take advantage of this period of quarantine to take care of your gynecological health online.
Dr. Pallab Gangopadhyay is one such gynecologist who offers consultations online. Incredibly professional and renowned, Dr. Pallab practices Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery with a special interest in Uro-Gynaecology and Vaginal Surgery. With an MRCOG from London, he is a consultant with many hospitals in Kolkata, such as Woodlands and Bellvue.
With decades of experience and expertise in gynecology, you can be sure that you will be in the best hands possible. Additionally, trusting him with any signs or symptoms, or even your fears can help you get ahead of the problem and tackle it while it is still small. Did you know that certain infections, when left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to tumors and cancer?
While Indian culture teaches us to be ashamed of our reproductive organs, at the end of the day, they are just that, organs. If you wouldn’t hesitate to consult a doctor for the common cold, why would you hesitate regarding this?
Dr. Pallab also promises complete doctor-patient confidentiality, so you do not have to worry about your history or issues getting out if that is a concern for you. Along with this, you also get expert care and advice from a professional, and this further helps remove your psychological block regarding your situation ‘down there’.
Book a session at your convenience as Dr. Pallab is available every single day of the week from 9 am to 7 pm. Take charge of your own health, especially during this delicate time, and get ahead of the curve.