When it comes to female health, women often turn to their gynecologist for guidance and if that gynecologist is also a woman, the question may get more personal. "What do you recommend?" may turn into "what do you do?" While "sisterly" advice is invaluable when it comes to matters of the body, gynecologists may be reluctant to share their personal choices or preferences mainly because it doesn’t always match up with their patient's medical and personal needs. But there are other reasons too.
Up-to-date physicians know about new approaches to gynecological care long before the public because they read medical journals, attend medical conferences, and converse with their colleagues. But being privy to new methods doesn't guarantee it will be voluntarily shared with patients. Not because doctors are unwilling, but because new methods often need time to gain public acceptance, credibility or approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
And patients tend to want to go the conventional route, what they have heard about from friends and family, before trying things still on the fringe. Medical providers in general have so little face-to-face time with patients as it is; explaining the benefits and risks of a new drug, device or procedure takes time.
Here are some innovative approaches women gynecologists are secretly embracing that consumers might not yet be tuned in to.
Secret #1 – Vaginal Ring For Birth Control
The hormones estrogen and progestin are a very effective form of reversible birth control. Most women are familiar with hormonal birth control pills taken by mouth. The Pill is the leading form of contraception in the US taken by more than 11 million women. The pill dissolves in the stomach and the hormones travel in the bloodstream to prevent ovulation, and to change in the integrity of the uterine lining and mucous that makes it difficult for pregnancy to take hold. When taken correctly it is 92–99% effective – less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year.