Are you thinking “gosh, I need a pedicure!” or “oh my – I really should’ve shaved!” when you’re in the stirrups? If so, you’re not alone: many women think random thoughts during their annual gynecologic (GYN) exam.
In fact, a new survey exploring women’s sentiments about their GYN exam uncovered several universal truths they experience before, during and after these important visits with a healthcare provider. The survey found:
- Nearly 70 percent of women spend more time bathing/showering before their GYN exam – an average of 7 minutes more than usual
- 80 percent of women prefer to wear “granny panties” rather than lingerie to their GYN exam
- 4 in 5 women keep their socks on while in the stirrups
- 1 in 4 women would rather discuss their favorite TV show than the tests they receive at their GYN exam
While GYN exams may stir up random thoughts, it is important for women to make sure they are asking their healthcare provider about what tests they need and when, especially as it relates to cervical cancer screening.
Join Aimee Holland, a women’s health nurse practitioner and member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), and Best-Selling Author Melanie Notkin as they discuss the “stirrup nitty gritty” and “oh so important” questions to ask while in the stirrups, including:
*More detail in recent survey findings
*Results that gave cause for concern
*Cervical cancer screenings women really need
*Additional tips to engage your healthcare provider
The entire interview can be seen here: https://youtu.be/-AXRYgMMJNs
For more information, go to www.healthywomen.org.
MELANIE NOTKIN BIO:
Melanie Notkin is a leading expert on the emerging demographic of childless, often single, women. She is the founder and personality behind Savvy Auntie®, the beloved lifestyle brand celebrating modern aunthood, and national bestselling author of Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, GreatAunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids. In 2009, she established Auntie’s Day® the first annual day to celebrate and honor aunts. Her 2014 reported memoir, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, received a Booklist *Starred Review*.
Notkin has shared her national research on the rising demographics of what she dubbed PANKs®, Professional Aunts No Kids; and Otherhood®, or non-mothers; along with her popular voice on behalf of her cohorts as a contributor to The New York Times, The New York Post, Washington Post, The Huffington Post, among many others. Notkin and her work have been featured on TODAY, CNN, FOX, ABC, Rachael Ray, New York Times SundayStyle, Chicago Tribune, NPR, BBC, and much more.
AIMEE CHISM HOLLAND BIO:
Dr. Aimee Chism Holland is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women’s health and primary care services to students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Student Health & Wellness Clinic. Dr. Holland’s expertise in women’s health is utilized performing gynecology procedures, reproductive life planning counseling, and primary care services in the college health setting. Her faculty practice is the primary platform for her scholarly work. Her scholarship and research interests focus on gynecological cancer prevention, menstrual disorders, and office gynecology procedures. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and was recently elected to the Chair-elect position. She also serves on the advisory board for Hologic and on the speaker’s bureau for Merck.
*Provided by Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and HealthyWomen with support from Hologic, Inc.