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Molested At Gynecologist
As a child i was molested and remember little of it, I am abstinent and i think I have a tear in my cervix all healed now, can it be from rape?
Memories of abuse: I am very sorry to hear this from you, but also appreciate your curiosity and courage to tackle this now. Yes, it is very possible to have scars from abuse that happened to you as a child. Your gynecologist should be made aware of this so that your exam can be done under the best and safest of environments. You may want to include a therapist in this process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more
Individual & varies: Effects of experiences vary with the age you were when this occurred, what your relationship was with the perpetrator, the support you had (or did not have) at the time, and how your family responded to the situation. When this happens to a young person and the abuse is ongoing with someone on whom s/he depends, results can be damaging to development -- resulting in complex ptsd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may come clear: Even more important than a "yes" or "no", may be finding a way to have a well adjusted present and future. Whatever happened in the past, it included something that hurt you, perhaps badly. Hopefully, that is all over now. Sometimes it really might be useful to know the details, but often it is not. There are caring therapists who can help you handle this and to decide on best tx. Best wishes. ...Read more
Listen & look: In a non judgmental way ask your child to tell you a story about what is happening in their lives. Look for bruises and scrapes in the genital area. If you see and/or hear things that concern you, bring your child to their pediatrician for an evaluation and to discuss your concerns. They will be able to offer you more guidance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was molested as a child and dont like being touched by people on any place except for my partner. Is that normal?
The process : The process of recovery from sexual abuse is slow, but you can do it. Find a therapist who specializes in abuse. It will take time to trust anyone, but they will help you. The book the courage to heal can help too. When you are ready, a support group for survivors will help as well. Basically, you were hurt by the experiences, but your are not to blame and deserve to have a whole fulfilling life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Started masturbating when i was 4.. I'm pretty sure i wasn't molested or anything. My question is, is this normal?
Yes: It is always "swept under the rug" but most people do it, at least in childhood and adolescence. ...Read more
Police Report 1st: There is no time limit for reporting sexual abuse. Police will take a detailed written statement. Sexual assault is a crime against the state, thus the police will determine if there is enough evidence to press charges. You become a witness to the crime. It can sometimes take years before charges are laid & the case goes to court. Criminal charges must be proven "beyond reasonable doubt.". ...Read more
Differences between men/women gynecologists. I've heard that women are less sensitive to thoughts/feelings. True?
Doctors Personality: I have heard these rumors myself over my career. But, of course the rumors or myths are not true. All kinds of physicians have all kinds of personalities. You should not choose your doctor on the basis of their gender. But, you choose someone who listens and answers your questions. ...Read more
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