Health Matters

I just found out that a friend has to undergo surgery because of a myoma or fibroid that grew in her uterus. Hearing news like this scares the hell out of me. I used to be afraid of doctors and going to hospitals but I have overcome the fear over time. But still, I can’t help but be paranoid about my own health when I hear other people sharing something negative about their health.

I am particularly concerned with my reproductive health. When I landed my first job, I started scheduling a trip to the OB-Gyne for my annual check-up. This includes breast exam, pap smear and vaginal ultrasound to identify any growths or abnormalities in my reproductive system. So far, the only thing they have spotted inside my uterus was a growing fetus and that surely made me very happy (yes, despite the saddening outcome in the end).

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What to Expect from an Ob-Gyne Check Up

I have a love-hate relationship with doctors. While I can’t stand spending time with them for long for fear that they would tell me shocking things about my health, I acknowledge the fact that they more often than not, the health updates I get from them give me peace of mind. I am seeing my ob-gyne tomorrow for my annual check-up. I still remember the first time I went to her, I was very afraid she’ll tell me something dreadful that would scare the hell out of me. Fortunately, nothing like that happened. I learned my reproductive system is okay.

If this is your first time to have a check up with an ob-gyne, I suggest you take it easy and remain calm as possible. Most, if not all, of them, don’t bite. Haha. Based on my experience, she’d ask you first to communicate your reproductive health concerns (irregular menstruation, low progesterone symptoms, possibility of infection, etc.) with her. She’d answer each of them based on her knowledge as doctor. Then she’ll ask you questions regarding your menstrual period, sexual activity and the likes. Next would be the physical exam. She’d discuss its results with you and ask if you have more questions. After all this, getting a pap smear test is optional but is highly recommended. Here in Manila, the price of a pap smear test can go anywhere from P700 to P1,000.

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Breast Cancer Scare

I just learned from my aunt that a distant female relative had died of breast cancer. I find her death quite tragic and untimely because she was only in her late 30s. From what I gathered, she’d been married but with no children. Actually, her brother was my classmate and buddy from elementary to high school. I immediately sent my condolences to their bereaved family.

If I’m not mistaken, breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women. While fibrosystic breast condition (or the presence of breast lumps and breast pain before and during menstruation) is common among women in their childbearing years, it is still very important that we get rid of this. A breast lump that’s benign at first can eventually develop into a malignant tumor.

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