After making excuses and putting it off, I finally made an appointment for my annual gyno exam! I'm quite proud of myself. The last time I was probed in any way was our IVF in February 2010. The following summer should have been the time for my annual, but I decided I had been probed recently enough that I didn't need to schedule it. Then the school year started, so I put it off again, thinking how hard it is to schedule an appointment for the late afternoon so that I don't have to miss any classes. Then the next summer was spent writing new curriculum, so I avoided making the appointment again. And then this school year started, so I fell back on the same "difficult to make an appointment" excuse...even though I didn't try, so I didn't REALLY know if that was true for the doctor I had chosen. And now I am in the final week of the school year, so I took a break from grading and set up the appointment for over the summer when I have very few scheduling conflicts.
The doctor I chose is a man that one of my friends recommended almost three years ago. We had just started going to the fertility clinic, so I was not in need of a regular gyno yet, but his office is only a mile from my house, so his name has been in my head since then. I was also leaning toward going to a male doctor this time because then I never have to deal with my gynecologist being pregnant. I used to be reluctant to have a male gynecologist (didn't have a good experience at my very first exam, and that was with a man), but after all the infertility treatments, I know I can handle pretty much anyone poking around down there...as long as they know what they are doing.
And I'm looking forward to asking what they hell is going on that I now have PMS twice a cycle. I'm going to ask if I need to have my hormone levels checked or something. It's not for another three weeks, but the appointment is made, and I won't cancel.