Important for Young Women to Speak Freely 8/21/13
CBS 7 News
For women it can be difficult to talk about medical issues. For adolescents especially who are talking to their pediatricians, it can be a little awkward. There are specialists who can deal with that type of situation, specifically.
"When someone comes to see me it's not always for sexual issues a lot of time it's just for good hygiene issues for good female health," said Joy Anderson, Texas Tech Physicians, OB-GYN.
Dr. Anderson works for Texas Tech. One of the biggest issues she sees is simply getting a patient to open up, whether it be about sexuality or other female medical concerns.
"And I guess a pediatrician can be like a friend you can open up," said Bhargavi Kola, Texas Tech Physicians, Pediatrician.
Many times, pediatricians will be the first to conduct an exam and then will refer the patient to an obstetrician gynecologist.
"We definitely refer them for better comfort level that they can have a GYN exam they're more comfortable and it will go on to our GYN colleagues to take it from there," said Dr. Kola.
Dr. Kola has also noticed young women feeling uncomfortable speaking about their private life, especially in front of their parents.
"We will take permission from the parents, we will ask them to step out. And we will talk in private," said Kola.
"And have that open dialogue with their parents you know before but if that couldn't be, hopefully they could open up and talk to the Doctor," said concerned parent, Lelia Bryant.
"Those are the one persons that you need to tell," said another parent.
Dr. Anderson says the need to get a relationship with the patient is crucial.
"I really work really hard to not avoid, you know to avoid traumatizing patients and I want to make it a positive experience for them"
Young girls should always talk to their gynecologists or their pediatricians if they have concerns. Some issues can lead to more serious problems in the future if they go untreated.