Why do I take my daughter with me to the gynecologist?
Bringing my daughter with me to the gynecologist appointments has helped us talk about women’s health without it being an abstract or taboo concept to her.
The first time my mother spoke to me about the “doctor who checks inside your vagina,” she told me it was extremely painful, uncomfortable and the worst essential thing you have to go through as a woman. While my mother was not lying — going to the gynecologist is at the very bottom of my list of things I like to do — the way in which she bought up women’s health scared me for a very long time.
As a young child, I had images of a scary doctor with a large spoon pulling open my vagina and sticking his or her entire hand inside of me while I laid on a cold cot in a dark room screaming for dear life.