Gynecology, More Than Ladybits.

This is the addition to my last post: Plastic Surgery, More than Cosmetics

Okay, so maybe Gynecology is lady bits buuut, I feel like there are a lot more conditions that we are unaware of when it comes to the human body. When I talk to people about working in gynecology surgery a lot for them are like “doesn’t that hurt you” or “awww, I love babies,” I love babies too but the facility I work in unfortunately doesn’t deliver babies unless it’s an emergency or something is complicated with the baby. We do have a neighboring facility who currently delivers babies and there has been talk about a new Labor and Delivery department on the other side of the hospital but for me, little to no babies. *tear*

I get placed a lot with our wonderful Oncology (cancer) surgeons and although their primary role is cancer I’ve noticed that sometimes that’s not always the case. There are times where an oncologist will deal with cases that are borderline cancer or even just the worst of the worst. I’ve sometimes assisted in removing ovarian cysts the size of a football or uterine fibroid invested uteruses the size of my head. They’ll even cover really bad cases of endometriosis… When I say it’s more than just lady bits.. I mean that it’s more than just vaginal cases, it’s more than lithotomy. Yes, there are cases where we are in between the legs trying to repair pelvic walls and bladder prolapse but it’s way more than that.

Not all crazy cases are done by oncologist of course. We have our general gyn docs that deal with crazy stuff the fibroids and endometriosis and PCOS and don’t worry I’ll break it all down for you, for those of you who don’t know but most of you might be aware! I wasn’t really until I got into this field.  

“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.”

PCOS effects 1 to 10 women of child bearing age. They have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism issues that may affect overall appearance and health. PCOS causes symptoms such as abnormal/irregular menstruation, obesity, overweight, or weight gain, acne or oily skin, infertility, depression, loss of scalp hair, or unwanted hair. Treatments include birth control pills to regularize periods, a medication called metformin to prevent diabetes, statins to control high cholesterol, hormones to increase fertility, and procedures to remove excess hair.

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs) or myomas, uterine fibroids aren’t associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.”

Fibroids occur in the muscle of your uterus. The cause of fibroids isn’t well understood. Risk factors include a family history of fibroids, obesity, or early onset of puberty. Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods, and pelvic pain. In some cases, there are no symptoms. Treatments include medications and removal of the fibroid.
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.”
Again, the cause of this is still under investigation. With endometriosis, the tissue can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or the intestines. The most common symptoms are pain and menstrual irregularities. Effective treatments, such as hormones and excision surgery, are available.
I am apart of a team that assists in treating these terrifying conditions that only target women. Who knew I as a woman had something else to be worried about? As if my daily life wasn’t enough.
But Yes, GYN is more than just vaginal health and baby bearing.
with love,
c.p

One Comment Add yours

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this information. It’s so important and people need to understand more about these diseases. I don’t think most people know PCOS exists, and it can be devastating. Women with PCOS are often body shamed and even some medical professionals tell them ‘diet and exercise’. 🙄 there’s no excuse for body shaming anyone, but it’s especially horrible when a woman has a disorder that’s already so hard to deal with.
    I appreciate your perspective, expertise, and willingness to help others. ❤️

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