Back in January of this year, I wrote a little post called Why Pelvic Self Exams Matter: A Personal Story. Since then, I decided to have surgery to remove the cyst and had surgery on May 23rd. Originally I planned on writing a follow-up post much sooner, but something about it just didn’t feel right. I couldn’t figure out how to make sense of it, much less turn it into an informative post. Reflecting on it now, I realize that this experience taught me not only about pelvic floor function, but also gave me a new perspective on being a patient which has helped me to grow as a therapist.
Alrighty, let's get right down to it. This is a personal story, y'know like one of those you tell about "a friend" but everyone knows you are just telling it about yourself. So yep, this one is MY story. If at this point you don't want to read anything related to me, my pelvic self exam, and what happened thereafter then here's your cue to head back over to your Twitter or FB feed.
As for you curious folk who are hanging around, let's get this story started.
Last week we went over the basics of a self-exam. And now you're thinking... hm ok well what's normal? How do I know if I should go see my doctor?
Recently breast self exams have become an important part of standard women's health practice and education. A pelvic self exam is still pretty hush-hush material though. We need to change that! You know what your toes and shoulders look like and which angle you can take the best selfie from. But do you really know what you look like "down there"?