7 Most Common Myths in Gynecology

Recently, the term ‘commercial diagnoses’ has appeared in medicine. These are diagnoses that are most often not associated with serious illnesses but are dictated by the desire of unscrupulous doctors to impose excessive, sometimes unnecessary, treatment on the patient. We asked the obstetrician-gynecologist, the candidate of medical sciences, and the author of the book Honest Conversation with the Russian Gynecologist Dmitry Lubnin to tell about the most common false diagnoses to understand whether some diseases are as dangerous as some experts say.

Myth Number 1: The Ureaplasma Should be Treated

In the overwhelming majority of cases, diagnosis and treatment of ureaplasma and mycoplasma are not needed: these microorganisms can normally exist in the genital tract of men and women without causing any diseases. So the excess treatment, in this case, will hurt rather than bring some benefit. If your body does not give any indication that something is wrong with you, do not rush to demand unnecessary treatment from your doctor.

Myth Number 2: HPV (Human Papillomavirus) should be treated

Drug treatment of human papillomavirus is not necessary – to date, there is no single drug that effectively fights this virus. If you are offered such treatment, know that you are dealing with a charlatan. This is disastrous not only for your wallet but also for your health.

Myth Number 3: Immunomodulators contribute to the Treatment of many Diseases

For the successful treatment of gynecological diseases, immunomodulators, interferons, vitamins, dietary supplements, hepatoprotectors, and remedies affecting the microflora of the intestine and vagina are not needed. All this can be used as a not-the-most-effective preventive measure or as supporting means. However, keep in mind that among these drugs, there are a lot of fakes, some of which can be dangerous to health.

Myth Number 4: You need to treat Cervical Erosion

This is a very common misconception. However, modern medicine suggests that there are only two symptoms that make treatment of erosion necessary. The first is spotting after intercourse, and the second appears if a woman has an excess of normal white secretions without a smell. That’s all. All other cases are not serious enough to deal with this problem. The procedure will turn into unnecessary stress for the body and will not bring tangible benefits.

Myth Number 5: Endometrioid Cysts of the Ovaries need to be Removed

Remember that surgical intervention is always serious stress for the body. If possible, it must be avoided. If endometrioid cysts are found in your body, this does not mean that you need the help of a surgeon. Such cysts are safe for humans if they’re not bigger than 2 cm. Dynamic observations will suffice. Also, such cysts do not affect pregnancy, although many greedy doctors claim otherwise.

Myth Number 6: Diagnosis of “Gardnerella”

Perhaps you will be surprised, but this diagnosis is a fake. There is a disease called bacterial vaginosis, in which the number of several species of opportunistic microorganisms, including Gardnerella, increases. Isolated detection of Gardnerella with PCR (polymerase chain reaction) does not indicate the presence of the disease. So this is just another hoax invented by gynecologists to make you cough up extra for their services.

Myth Number 7: It is difficult to get Pregnant with a Curved Uterus

It’s another misconception that can give you a couple of sleepless nights. The angle of the uterus is only one of the conditions for healthy fertility and not pathology. So you do not have to master the hardest positions from Kama Sutra to get pregnant.

So don’t believe in myths – enjoy life (especially international dating) and stay healthy!

Thanks to Alexander

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