for pelvic exams?
While I did have a female physician for around ten years, it's true that I generally prefer male doctors because I've mostly had not-so-good experiences with female physicians. I would think that females would be more understanding or more gentle and men would be, well, brutish men. But I've universally found the opposite to be true; the male doctors I've had (save one) have been far more respectful and sensitive than their female counterparts.
My experiences as a patient lead me to prefer male physicians. Yes, even when I'm looking for an OB/GYN. Therefore, it might sound odd that I have a routine I follow to prepare for a visit to any doctor who might have to paw around my ladyparts.
Some of you might think it sounds like I have a weird kink, but I look at is as more of a courtesy. For example, I wouldn't think of going to the dentist without making sure my mouth is pristine with freshly brushed and flossed teeth. So why would I expect a gynecologist to dig around in my vagina when I have a 5 o'clock shadow and haven't bathed that day? Simply put, I think it would be rude and inconsiderate. All this said, I've often thought it would be hilarious to eat a mouthful of Oreos and see the dentist immediately afterward with all those grainy chocolatey cookie bits up between me teeth. . .
What's my routine? I do a few things, but my primary concern is to make sure that my legs, hedges, and undercarriage are freshly shaved which means that I've taken a shower the day of the exam. I might trim the turf up top if I have the time though it's not something that I worry about since that's not the part that is being handled during a gynecological exam. I make sure that the bottoms of my feet are clean since it would be grody to put dirty feet in the stirrups. I also remember to shave my underarms and put on deodorant because no one wants to catch a stinky whiff while doing a breast exam.
My husband seems amused that I have this prep involved before a pelvic exam and he understands the comparison to visiting the dentist. In any event, I suppose that there's no real primping involved since I just practice what I think is good hygiene before a doctor visit. I can't be the only woman who does this so do weigh in if you primp for pelvic exams.