No one hesitates to say to a friend,” I have a cough I’m concerned about,” “I’m not sleeping very well lately,” or “I ‘m a little worried about my swollen ankles.”
But when was the last time you admitted to a co -worker, “ My vagina is really dry,” or “I have a terrible headache every time I have an orgasm” or “My vulvar itch doesn’t go away no matter how many times I get treated for a yeast infection”?
Exactly. And that’s why Women’s Health Care Specialists and Beyer Research are here. To tackle those taboo topics that desperately need to be out in the open. Not just because hard-to-discuss topics may indicate a more serious problem, but because often it’s the embarrassing medical challenges that make the biggest difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. Further, without clinical research volunteers, we will not be able to bring the advancements in medicine to treat these as well as other conditions in women.
We’ll give you an example. Involuntary loss of stool, or fecal incontinence, while a reality for at least 18 million Americans, is not exactly a topic that comes up at cocktail parties. People who suffer from fecal incontinence not only don’t discuss it with family or friends, they don’t even bring it up to their doctors. With no apology to the $500 million a year adult diaper industry, we happen to believe that the only diapers adults should be buying are for their children or grandchildren. But until we get the conversation going, women who are secretly washing their soiled underwear have no way of knowing that there are a number of solutions (beyond stocking up on diapers!), including a cutting edge treatment in which placement of a pacemaker like device decreases or eliminates the problem.
In addition to taboo topics, We’ll also tackle the more conventional women’s health issues, including the latest medical advances and what’s in the news. Mainly, we want to address issues that will make a difference. But we promise, no topic is too taboo. We accept that it may be less likely that you will “like” our blogs and post them on your Facebook page, and we have no expectation that fecal incontinence will “trend.”
But we do hope that today’s uncomfortable or embarassing topic, once we put it out there, may become tomorrow’s topic of conversation, if not at cocktail parties, at least on morning talk shows. It happened with urinary incontinence, (Thank you, Whoopi Goldberg) and if we do our job well, one day there will be a celebrity who goes on national television and says, “Are you an adult that poops in your pants when you don’t want to? Well I do too.”