NOTE: I wrote this in a melodramatic rage. Judge it as such.
So we’re smack dab in the middle of reproduction and urology block and I’m more convinced than ever that Ob/Gyne is just not for me. I immensely admire the poor souls that would put themselves through that stuff… but give me nausea and vomiting over pain and vaginal bleeding any day. I’ve prepared a short and sweet list of reasons why you can keep your babies and genitalia to yourself, thanks very much:
1. You learn twice the material.
Okay, so that’s not entirely true. We’re going to be stuck on pregnancy for an eternity and a half, but for now, there’s literally twice the amount of material to know. Twice the histology, twice the developmental, twice the anatomy, twice the physiology, twice the radiology…
You get the idea.
2. Everything’s GD complicated.
This is entirely true. Anybody who’s had a look at the pelvic floor will tell you, it’s more incomprehensible than teenage, angsty, vampire “love” (read: necrophilia) stories. And don’t even get me started on abnormal uterine bleeding. As one lecturer astutely noticed, “All gynecological problems present with pain or bleeding. Or pain and bleeding.”
3. Childbirth got along just fine without doctors.
Matter of opinion, really. But it is true, it’s one of those (I’m loath to say it…) Natural Life Events that we’ve medicalized the hell out of. The human race has been reproducing for thousands of years without hospitals, epidurals, or Leopold’s maneuvers. Not to say that all of those things aren’t great and have saved a lot of lives, but it does seem a bit silly that we have an entire branch of medicine that usually just involves playing catcher.
4. Babies are icky.
Yeah, yeah, boo, hiss. But anyone who says different isn’t fooling anybody. They’re whiny, entirely irrational, smelly, loud, inconsolable… and YES – THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME. Once they hit toddler years, sure. They start looking like proper people and not little tubby sausages. Okay, okay, so I’m being facetious. But seriously. Don’t ask me to look at your little fledgling and tell you whether it looks more like mom or dad. Because saying either of them looks like a tubby sausage isn’t particularly kind.
5. Ob/Gyne call sucks.
6. You will deal with hormonally-challenged, pregnant women.
Nuff said also.
7. You will learn things you never, ever wanted to.
Because sometimes, people get carried away with that bottle of beer.
8. Not every pregnant woman that wants to becomes a mom.
From what I’ve learned from some women, it can be such a huge, traumatizing experience for them to miscarry or have a still birth. Especially when there’s multiple miscarriages. Some of them start to wonder, “What’s wrong with me? What am I doing wrong?” It’s really heartbreaking. And sure, everybody’s going to deal with cancer and disease and death, but there’s something extra sad about losing that little life, already so loved and never having lived.
9. Ladies hate Pap tests.
You bet your bottom dollar. Just briefly browsing the interwebz, I found about a gazillion horror stories, most of which actually made me cringe a little. Seems like many of them transfer that white-hot hatred onto their gyne, and the last thing I want to do is be the victim of an exam-induced hurricane of fury.
10. I’d miss everything else.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s some repro stuff I find absolutely fascinating, like molar pregnancies and the resulting choriocarcinoma that can crop up sometimes. But I’d miss pneumothoraces. So much. And what would I do without appendicitis? What about endocarditis? Or hyperthyroidism?
That probably sounds weirder than I intended.
True fact, though. These disease processes are incredibly interesting, and that’s a big part of what drives me to learn more about everything I see. As I said to a friend, I’ll bet there isn’t a single person in health care who does their job well solely because they want to better humanity. (Regardless of what we said in our interviews.) We’re all intensely interested in what we’re learning and the ways the human body can surprise us. We also like helping people. But we wouldn’t work 100+ hours a week, be on call 1 in 2, or trade a night out for studying for that. We love what we learn, who we are, and what we do.
And we also want to Make the World a Better Place.
World peace and all that jazz, rah rah rah.