By Farah Casalini, News Reporter
The University of Rhode Island’s Health Services gynecologist told students yesterday all they need to know about a normal trip to the gynecologist, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraceptives in her lecture “Questions You Need to Ask When Visiting the Gynecologist” last night.
Dr. Carolyn Howard, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been URI’s gynecologist for the past six years, and was invited to deliver the annual Fredrika Wild Schweers lecture on women and health because of her extensive involvement with the university’s female population, woman studies professor Jenn Brandt said.
Howard discussed all the procedures of a routine gynecological exam and the types of questions a woman might be asked by her gynecologist, including whether or not she has significant health or mental problems and whether or not she is sexually active.
“We want to know everything,” Howard said.
She also showed diagrams of women’s reproductive organs and explained their location and function. Howard stressed that it is extremely important for a woman to know her body.
“We need to know what goes where and we need to know what does what,” she said.