Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Progesterone Verdict is In!

I like my gynecologist. Her name is Dr. Thomas and she's at Mount Sinai hospital. She's amazing in many ways. She's nice, she's sweet, she's gentle, and she's hilarious. I also had the pleasure of meeting another gynecologist today who was working with Dr. Thomas. His name is Dr. Laskin. He's totally amazing too. I spoke to him for a while before both he and Dr. Thomas spoke to me.

Usually, when it comes to me seeing Doctors, I hate seeing the "first" doctor. I don't like being asked a bunch of questions, often questions that I've answered a billion times and are written down in the chart in that doctor's hands. Totally different with Dr. Laskin. He made me feel completely at ease with his witty and humorous comments. Super cool guy. We discussed the various things that have occurred in my life in the past 3 years, and he also gave me some information on 2 different types of birth control. One was oral, and one was to tbe inserted into the vaginal area and would stay there for 5 years. 5 years?? Eeep! Dr. Laskin, however, seemed to really promote that vaginal one. He also assured me that he didn't work for the company that makes that particular contraceptive, nor did he receive a commission if he wrote a prescription for one! Haha

When it was pap time I told him how much I hated them. He told me that he doesn't think he's met anyone who's said "Hmm, I loved my pap! Can I have another please??" Haha, I laughed. He's too funny. At this point, Dr. Laskin left and got Dr. Thomas while I changed. They both came in after a few minutes after Dr. Laskin briefed Dr. Thomas and all we discussed.

I'm sure I broke a couple of Dr. Thomas' fingers during my pap. Who invented paps, anyways? Who decided that it'd be a good idea to use cold metal vices to.....ah nevermind.

Strangely enough, even after the pap, I still like Dr. Laskin. He even asked if I still liked him and I said yes. "I don't!" said Dr. Thomas. We all had a good chuckle.

After all was said and done, Dr. Thomas suggested that I use medroxyprogesterone acetate to help regulate my periods. Medroxyprogesterone is a progesterone that is derived from soybeans. It reduces the effects of estrogen on tissues such as the endometrium (lining of the uterus) and the breast, according to healthyontario.com. I'm to take this medication for 10 days straight, at which point my period should start. In the future, I may switch to the 5 year contraceptive that Dr. Laskin spoke about. We'll see.

So that was my visit to Mount Sinai. Don't forget to get your paps every year, ladies!

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