It was a Sunday afternoon when my father decided to get our car repaired. As we waited while the mechanic worked, my eyes kept swimming around to find something interesting. By nature, I have really good observation skills and I love to observe people’s reactions to the world around me. My eyes stopped at a gynaecologist’s clinic
I started reading the words written on the board.
It was just then that a woman entered the clinic. She looked newly-married. I observed that a man was accompanying her—a family member? This incident made me wonder why a male family member or friend or partner must accompany a woman to a gynecologist’s clinic. It wasn’t just one woman I saw that day. There was a series of women that were being accompanying by men.
When I got back home, I kept thinking about this incident. I wondered if the women inside the clinic were able to talk freely about their own personal problem. I wondered if their male companions were standing outside during the women’s conversation with the doctor. What if they really wanted to talk about a serious health problem related to their sex life or personal hygiene?
I really believe that if women want to take care of themselves, and regularly visit their gynaecologists, their sexual health related problems would be handled properly. I wish that the stereotype around the visit to the gynaecologist could be reduced. Some people think that if a pregnant woman visits the gynaecologist, she must not be able to give birth to a child, which must cause problems in her marriage. Others think that going to the gynaecologist before the birth of the child could lead to miscarriage! These are some of the stereotypes in the Indian society that must end, so that women can openly discuss their problems and find solutions.