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jajabee
05-30-2009, 03:53 PM
I've never had an OB/GYN before, I usually just go to clinics for my annual exams (and I wouldn't even do that if they didn't require it for BC pills, I hate going to doctors). But now that we're settling down and starting to think about having kids, I've started looking around for a real doctor, one who I plan to see regularly for a long time. I'm wondering, from those of you who have doctors like that, especially OB/GYNs, do you ever run into them outside of the doctor's office, like in social settings or the supermarket or anything? Is it ever weird? Or is it no big deal like, "Oh yes, this is Dr. X, she pokes around in my hoo-hah once a year! Seen any good movies lately?" :)


kiramira
05-30-2009, 04:20 PM
Hey, these doctors see SO many hoo-has that they don't even remember yours!
Good luck with the search!
Kira

Beautiful Ace
05-30-2009, 04:26 PM
lol @ hoo has. Made me giggle. I don't think it would be weird. They look at hoo has like dentists look at teeth.


zenor77
05-30-2009, 05:05 PM
It's not weird to run into them and honestly, unless you live in a small town, it's not terribly likely that you will run into them. I actually grew up going to church with the doctor who delivered my sister and I and it wasn't weird at all.

Doctor/Patient relationships aren't really the type where you'd stand there and introduce people to each other anyway. I think a "Hi" in passing is sufficient.

Good luck finding a doctor you like.

murphmitch
05-30-2009, 05:44 PM
Run into them? I work with them. I'm a nurse on a OB/GYN floor so we all experience this at work. Thankfully, my Dr. doesn't come to my hospital that often. It is something I think about, especially the breast exam part (I have ideas that they have x-ray vision when they see me in my uniform..) Honestly don't think they give it any thought though, just like I don't think about the patient's I take care of (occasionally co-workers or acquaintances). Just part of my job and something I see over and over again.

lizziep
05-30-2009, 06:31 PM
hahaha i've never seen my doctor anywhere other then in her office.

LittleBitIzzy
05-30-2009, 07:44 PM
My doctors are in a different city for me....but with my eye doctor, I've seen him out in public and I don't think he even knew who I was! So, I wouldn't worry about it too much!

ValRock
05-30-2009, 07:55 PM
LOL I LOVE my GYN and run into her all the time! She delivered my daughter and we chit chat about how she's doing. I thought it would be weird but it's okay LOL.

FrouFrou
05-31-2009, 04:03 PM
I have never seen any of my docs (dentist, ob/gyn, eye, general) except my general doc one time in all the years I went to her (she quit). I take that back, once in a while I would see my Chiro...he went to the same Church. Funny now that I think about it...we all live in the same area...but obviously run in different circles so...never even seen any of the secretaries or nurses either!

Shopaholic1204
06-01-2009, 12:15 AM
Thats so funny, because earlier today, I had the same thought, LOL!! But no, I've never bumped into mine anywhere. I think they live somewhere else..and just work in the area.

mayness
06-01-2009, 10:11 AM
I never ran into my OB-GYN outside of her office, but I would have loved to, she's an awesome person and getting to chat with her for free would be great, lol!

Now that I think about it, I've never seen any of my doctors outside of the office... but I always seemed to run into nurses/receptionists everywhere (back when I lived in the same town). One of my favorite dental hygienists also worked at a store in the mall so I'd drop in and say hi when I was out shopping. :)

LittleMoonRabbit
06-01-2009, 10:34 AM
I used to see my old doctor all the time. I was a manager at the only grocery store in town (and I used to live in a very small town) and his office was right down the street. Honestly, I don't think they really remember/care what people look like underneath their clothes as long as they are healthy. And especially for OB/GYNs... the girls here are right, they look at so many hoo-has (lol) that I don't think it registers with them which hoo-ha belongs to who. I think we all worry too much about our bodies and who sees them and how people might judge them... but I really don't think anyone cares as much as we do, lol.

MindiV
06-01-2009, 10:55 AM
I don't go to a doctor in my town (it's small...3,500 people and ONE doctor) because I see him a lot for work, in the store, etc. To me it would be embarrassing. He wouldn't care, most likely. He's also a family practitioner. I go to an OBGYN in a larger town.

SioGold
06-02-2009, 09:52 AM
I never ran into my OB, even though his office was just down the road. Seriously though I doubt it would ever have bothered him or me if I had, I mean, he'll have seen so many that he may as well be looking at elbows all day, kwim?

JuliaDH
06-02-2009, 05:39 PM
My doctors are in a different city for me....but with my eye doctor, I've seen him out in public and I don't think he even knew who I was! So, I wouldn't worry about it too much!

Maybe he didn't SEE you!

Hello Nurse
06-02-2009, 06:34 PM
Never have run into any healthcare providers outside of the office.

I do want to offer you some assurance and hopefully make you more comfortable with the process. As others have said, the doc has seen tons of whoo-has and does not think twice about it. For me, after about the first semester of nursing school, looking at someone's hind end became about like looking at their knee - nothing special and every one's is different. I know it is hard to get over the body image issues, I have them too, but I promise you that your doc is not looking at your body and judging it. I promise he/she is not thinking "ewww, gross" or anything else along those lines. I have given a bed bath to a 500+ lb person and no thoughts of the kind ever crossed my mind, it is just another body part! If your doc has thoughts about your weight or body, it will only be in relation to your health, and he/she will be proud of you for working to improve your health!

I hope that makes you a little more comfortable when the time comes!

Windchime
06-02-2009, 08:42 PM
My old OB/GYN who delievered my babies has retired, but I remember bumping into him at the grocery store a couple of times when I was still seeing him. I didn't really feel weird about it. I just go to a GP now for that stuff and my doctor is a wonderful woman that I really like a lot. It can be kind of weird because I am a software developer at the medical facility where she practices, and we attend meetings together. I just try not to think of the times that she's seen me sick and naked! She's very respectful and proper and that makes it much easier.

VermontMom
06-02-2009, 08:59 PM
Also small town dweller here, and our family doc has seen me through internal exams, pregnancy, breaking down in his office due to depression, and patching me up after a car hit me on my motorcycle. Bless him, he has always been nothing but professional yet friendly. (he also rides a motorcycle, which endears him to me :D)

I dont' think you need to worry about it, but of course it's your decision and you need to do what you feel comfortable with :)

(and I just love the name hoo-ha :rofl:)

Darkblue
06-02-2009, 10:58 PM
I ran into my OB/GYN once in a department store. She recognized me, said hi, and I knew I knew her face, so I smiled and said hello back. It took me several minutes afterward to figure out who she was! No white lab coat, you know...she wasn't "in uniform"!

midwife
06-03-2009, 07:52 AM
And especially for OB/GYNs... the girls here are right, they look at so many hoo-has (lol) that I don't think it registers with them which hoo-ha belongs to who. I think we all worry too much about our bodies and who sees them and how people might judge them... but I really don't think anyone cares as much as we do, lol.

This.

kiramira
06-03-2009, 02:56 PM
You know, if your OB-GYN has seen ALOT of hoo-haws that day, he/she probably won't recognize your face, just your hoo-haw IF it was particularly of clinical interest! And I assume you aren't flashing your hoo-haw at the grocery store, so you have nothing to worry about!!!

hahahaha!

Kira