I went to see Dr. Callen per my mother’s recommendation, as she was her OB/GYN and she had good experience with her.
I went specifically to inquire about birth control pills. I had never been on the pill before and I had concerns because I have a long history of clinical depression.
In my medical history that I had just filled out in the waiting room, with my mother, I put down that my mother has a history of blood clots.
Dr. Callen failed to take a half-way decent look at my medical history, as she didn’t even bother to find out whether I had seen her before, which I had.
I know that she sees tons of people, so I would be willing to let that slide if it weren’t for her other serious errors.
She ended up prescribing me the birth control Loryna, which I only found out by looking at the physical prescription, because she didn’t even tell me the name of the pill or even give me instructions as to how to take it. Zip.
All I know, from having several friends on the pill, is that taking birth control is a pretty involved process… it’s really imperative to explain to the patient how to take it, especially someone who has never been on it before.
As it happens, I wasn’t planning on starting it right away, so it didn’t cross my mind until about a month later when I decided to start taking it that she had given me absolutely no instructions.
I was looking up Loryna online and found on the medication’s website that it has a higher risk of causing blood clots than other birth controls pills.
Clearly Dr. Callen did not care to look at my medical history thoroughly enough to find that I am at high risk for this, since my mother has a history of blood clots. My mother was in fact, taken off the pill because of this.
Dr. Callen’s bedside manner was terrible, particularly for an OB/GYN.
When I mustered the courage to tell her I had been experiencing pain during sex, the topic clearly embarrassed her.
She let out a nervous, disparaging snicker, gave barely any explanation as to what might be causing the issue, did not ask any questions, or make any suggestions, and basically made me feel ashamed to have brought it up.
This is exactly the opposite of how I should feel talking to my gynecologist.
An OB/GYN should not only be able to talk about sex with her/his patients, but should take extra care to make sure patients feel comfortable talking to her.
As if there’s not enough shame surrounding female sexuality already.