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Strange and Surprising Aspects of Being a Gynecologist

Updated September 15, 2017 312.6k views21 items

Being a gynecologist means that you know a whole lot about lady parts; it also means that you are an obstetrician, and you know a whole lot about babies. But what do gynecologists actually do, and what do they really think about the stuff they see? If you want gynecology facts or if you want to know how you become a gynecologist, it's all here. Nothing to hide.

It may be an awkward job to have sometimes, but these gynecologist facts prove that OB/GYNs have way, way more on their plate than the occasional pelvic exam. Check out this list to find out what it's really like to be a gynecologist.

  • They Get a Lot of Questions About Female Viagra

    What do women really want? OB/GYN Josine Veca helped answer that in an interview where she revealed one of the questions she receives most in appointments: where is the female Viagra? It seems that there is a big demand for this, but unfortunately, it doesn't exist yet. 

  • Abortion Training Is Optional

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    While medical residents are being trained in the obstetrics/gynecology specialty, only one element is elective: abortion. According to a 2006 survey involving 185 residency programs, only 51% reported routine instruction on abortions. 39% offered optional training, and 10% offered no training at all.

  • They Have Solid Advice on Achieving Orgasm

    It's normal to feel a little embarrassed when visiting the gynecologist, but they can help out in more ways than you might think. If you have trouble climaxing during sex, gynecologists can help pinpoint the issue and treat accordingly. It may seem like talk that only belongs in the bedroom, but hey, who else knows more about how a vagina works?

  • Sometimes They Need To... Pull Out Stuff

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    This may not be surprising, but gynecologists are pretty used to patients who have, um, lost something. According to Dr. Margaret Villers, pretty much every OB/GYN has helped remove something from a patients vaginal canal.