As future healthcare providers, we need to be able to delve into subject matters that make can make patients uncomfortable at first. It’s our responsibility to help put them at ease so that they feel safe to pass on that information so we can help them.
I just found out one of my classmates still has a hard time saying the word “vagina,” or any iteration of the word. She doesn’t have a speech impediment or anything, but she feels extremely uneasy saying or even talking about it with a straight face. Truth be told, now that I think about it, she hasn’t said it at all. I understand people have their own morals and principles, but if you’re going into the medical field, you can at least try to use substitutes (which apparently she didn’t want to say either):
“va-jay-jay” or even “bajingo” wouldn’t work on her. She even has a hard time saying “penis” without exhibiting any type of awkwardness.
I really hope by the time rotations come around she finds a suitable substitute or finally becomes comfortable saying it for the sake of her patients. So, anyone have any vagina-esque synonyms that your doc or that you feel a doc could use?