Thursday 23 February 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: What your Gynecologist Wants you to Know

Marla Ahlgrimm served as a women’s health provider for more than 30 years before her retirement in 2016. She says one thing that remained consistent throughout her career was that women tended to forgo gynecological care due to embarrassment or flippancy where sexual health and reproductive medicine were concerned. In the following brief question and answer session, Ahlgrimm shares a few words of wisdom on the subject.

Q: What are some reasons that a woman should get an annual checkup from a gynecologist?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Establishing a relationship with a qualified gynecologist offers a woman the opportunity to understand more about her body at every stage of life. Having a relationship with a trusted medical provider can help eliminate embarrassment or fears regarding sexual health.

 Q: Do you have any advice for women who are embarrassed to visit a gynecologist?

Marla Ahlgrimm: I understand that it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. However, the same is true of many things that are good for us in the long run. Going to the gynecologist is not as bad as many believe it will be and will offer a sense of peace knowing that everything is okay.

Q: Should a woman be embarrassed to ask questions about her sexual health?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely not. Most gynecologist have seen and heard it all. And though menstruation may be embarrassing, especially when accompanied by other issues such as IBS and blood clots, it’s important to make your doctor aware of any changes in your menstrual period.

Q: Are there any questions that a woman should ask her gynecologist at each visit?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Depending on age, women should talk to their gynecologist about birth control or, on the flip side, ways to relieve menopause symptoms. Women of childbearing age may want to consider visiting an OB/GYN – a doctor who specializes in both women’s health and pregnancy.


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