Tender subject. How to approach it… A bit of background, a feel good statement, then the real reason I’m posting with disturbing detail, etc… Yeah. That’s the way.
I have an appointment to see a special kind of doctor tomorrow. The kind you men don’t get to visit. Yeah, that one. Read on brave souls.
Really though, seeing the gynaecologist isn’t even a chore or groan-worthy for me anymore. After having cervical cancer and going through the less invasive but still serious enough treatments all the way up to the major surgery and subsequent follow-up care, a gynaecologist is the most common doctor I see. (I actually see two doctors every time I get to disrobe and display. Lucky me!)
My visits have steadily decreased in necessary frequency from four times or more per year to every six months. Next March will be my four-year anniversary for being cancer-free! How cool is that! Now for why I’ve drawn you into my post…
I have a girlfriend who’s also a cancer survivor. (Different type and vastly more horrific than my ordeal, but we share a few common experiences through a small number of similar circumstances.) I asked her a couple of years ago if she still shaves her legs when she visits the GYN. Actually, if memory serves, I think we blogged about it between a post and some comments. Anyway, she doesn’t. I was in the shower this morning debating as to whether or not I will shave my legs tomorrow for the afternoon appointment. I probably will. But an even more difficult conundrum to wrestle with is…
Do I also tidy up my bikini area? See, I did another Brazilian for my recent beach holiday and the inevitable re-growth is appearing. Now, for all of you having mental pictures of female naughty parts, yeah, ok – I keep things tidy so at least it doesn’t look like there’s some sort of homeless man’s beard trying to grow down there, but should I go the extra mile and not only shave my legs but also… you know what I mean.
Why on earth do I spend time on these thoughts.
I guess I’m desperately curious about what gets said in GYN circles when you leave, if anything. I’m not really concerned about it, but I wonder do they have private opinions on your sex life if you go in shaved, bald, neatly trimmed, tidy hedge or kudzu jungle style… I’d love to read the minds of – what another friend of mine calls – the ‘poh-poh doctor’.
I’m sure they get bored seeing snatch all day, (and what I can only expect is a minority of photo-worthy model fun bits), but do gynaecologists care if you haven’t tidied up? I doubt it. If you do, it’s got to make it easier to see what’s going on down there, but I doubt they’re preoccupied about whether or not the region is perfectly groomed. I think I’m better off not knowing certain things really.
I’m still definitely going to shave my legs though.