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Woman Shamed by Male Gynaecologist for Having Pubic Hair at Routine Checkup

Woman Shamed by Male Gynaecologist for Having Pubic Hair at Routine Checkup

Having to attend an appointment with your gynaecologist is already something most women dread. Throw in some body shaming by your specialist and you have genuine nightmare fuel.

A woman has recently posted on social media about an entirely inappropriate moment during her latest checkup.

“I have phases where I just let all my body hair grow for like half a year,” the woman wrote on Reddit’s TwoXChromosomes sub, a board intended for women to discuss both silly and serious issues.

“During one such phase, I went to my gynaecologist for a routine checkup and he complained that I “didn’t even trim”.

“I naturally don’t have excessive amounts of body hair and also I have very good hygiene, so that couldn’t have been the issue.

“So, is this normal? Shouldn’t he be used to working with this?”

Well, yes, one would think that this man would be used to working with body hair if his job was based on human genitals. But apparently not. How utterly inappropriate and unprofessional to offer an opinion on someone’s body hair as a doctor.

It wasn’t long before women Redditors flocked to offer support.

“I once had a nurse be rude about it. I was getting prepped for a C-section. Whether I shaved or not, I don’t know how she expected me to do it at 39 weeks pregnant! The other nurse actually glared at her,” wrote one of the top commenters.

“Your doctor was gross and misogynistic,” offered another. “It’s inappropriate and unethical for a doctor to make a comment or observation about a patient’s body that’s not health-related. It’s perfectly fine for a doc to ask “I see you have some redness here where you’re doing hair removal. Shaving might be irritating your skin. Have you considered alternatives?” vs the inappropriate comment, “What, you don’t even trim your bush?””

The woman was advised to make a complaint about her gyno and definitely find a different doctor for any follow-up appointments.

How would you have responded to his words?

Source: Reddit and Giphy



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Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

One comment

  1. Depends on how the Doctor delivered the comment (tone of voice etc), I would perhaps feel embarrassed or annoyed. However, she would have been really hairy for the Dr to make the comment! I would actually have to agree with the Dr to expect his patients at the very least be trimmed for the appointment. It’s rude and disrespectful of the patient not to at least be trimmed and not unkempt.
    If you know you were going to a gyno (it’s not as if you go all the time) prepare yourself for the appointment, shave, get waxed, laser or trim. Like people brushing their teeth when going to a dentist.

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