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    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | July 16th, 2023

    Free on Saturday/Sunday, Copay on Monday

    Free on Saturday/Sunday, Copay on Monday

    This was the first Columbus Book Festival. I am glad I was allowed to display both of my books, Sincerely, Your Gynecologist and Letters to My Sisters, Plain and Straightforward Advice From a Gynecologist. Thank you to all those who stopped by my table.

    As a gynecologist selling books, some people would stop by the table and ask, “Is it okay to ask a question?” I always reply, “It is free on Saturday/Sunday, copay on Monday.”

    I thought I would share some of the questions:

    Is it true you only need to come every three years to see your gynecologist for a pap smear? 

    You should see your gynecologist at least once a year for your well-woman exam. During that visit, a pap smear can be performed. A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer and does not need to be done every year. Depending on your age, you can get it done every three years if done alone or every five years if the pap smear is done along with the human papillomavirus test, and both are normal.  If the pap smear or HPV test is abnormal, you might need to be tested earlier than three years, or you may need additional testing.

    Do I need to see a gynecologist if I have had a hysterectomy?

    A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. If you have had a hysterectomy, it is crucial to understand what additional surgeries were done. Was the cervix left? If the cervix is present, you will need pap smears. Were the ovaries left in place or taken out? Even if everything was taken out – uterus, ovaries, and tubes, you still have the vagina and vulva, which will go through changes as you get older that may need care from a gynecologist

    I am 60 years old. Do I still need a gynecologist, or is my family doctor good enough?

    It depends. It is okay if your family doctor feels comfortable caring for you from head to toe, including your pelvic region. Talking to your primary care physician about their comfort level in dealing with gynecologic issues would be best. Insurance companies will cover you having a gynecologist and a family doctor – why not have both.

    At what age should you start to see a gynecologist?

    You can see a gynecologist as early as 13. An exam will not be done, but it allows the teenager to have a relationship with the gynecologist. The teenager can develop a rapport and will use this as an opportunity to ask questions. Some teenagers have a great connection with their pediatrician and may only need to see a gynecologist later. It is essential to emphasize that a pelvic exam will only be done if that teenager has symptoms that warrant an exam.

    I have heard of menopause, but what is perimenopause? 

    Perimenopause is the time before menopause when the hormones in our body fluctuate. I call it a hormonal roller coaster. It can last 5 – 7 years before the final period. The menstrual cycle changes – it can shorten or lengthen and become unpredictable. We can have hot flushes for months and then none for some months. Our sleep patterns may change. We start to gain weight in the midsection. It is important to talk with your physician to help navigate this time.

    I enjoyed meeting and engaging in conversation. There are so many women who want to be informed. It was my motivation to write, Sincerely, Your Gynecologist. It is to get us feeling comfortable to have the conversation. I was also surprised how many people had yet to hear of Letters to My Sisters, Plain Truth, and Straightforward Advice from the Gynecologist. I am glad I had the opportunity to share the information.

    4 Responses to “Free on Saturday/Sunday, Copay on Monday”

    1. Linda K. Jackson says:

      Such a comical, thought-provoking, and TRUE title for your blog today! It’s great that you were able to participate in the Book Festival this past weekend! Thank you for sharing some of the questions that were posed to you!

    2. Dayna L Hale says:

      Keep on sharing!

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    With her trademark wit and straightforward communication, Dr. Osuagwu continues to dole out valuable medical advice using the letter form and addressing women’s health conditions and issues in a method that was praised for its innovative approach in her earlier award-winning book, Letters to My Sisters: Plain Truths and Straightforward Advice from a Gynecologist. In this book, each letter is paired with reference sources and statistics about the condition that is the subject of the letter.

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    The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

    The second half of the book briefly discusses the most common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections. A list of annotated websites dealing with the different topics in the book is provided for the reader who wants to pursue each subject in depth.

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