Let’s face it; some medical consultations can be done via telephone and some that simply cannot be. A gynecologist consultation is just one of those things that often need in-person medical interaction. Sure, symptoms can be explained over the phone and advice given by a doctor; however, with certain conditions or worrying symptoms, it is most beneficial for a doctor to be able to examine the patient fully. This leads us to the important question of whether medical apps can be beneficial with any gynaecological issues that may arise while we are in the middle of a pandemic that requires social distancing.
Understanding the limitations of technology
A gynecologist consultation usually occurs in person. The medical practitioner will be able to physically examine the patient and ask any questions needed. Various scans can be done as well during an in-person appointment. Medical apps cannot replace scans and physical examinations. This is an obvious limitation. However, technology can still be handy when it comes to keeping track of symptoms and informing patients of important information.
There are a number of gynecological issues that may arise surrounding the menstrual cycle. Being able to track this as well as any symptoms or other issues that may arise each month can help give a clearer picture to a patient and their doctor. Medical apps can help with this tracking by prompting users with questions and giving them information. Having all of this data saved within one place in an easy app can help the patient transfer this information to a medical practitioner, who then can best assess whether an examination in person is needed.
Using technology to assist with potential medical conditions can be done productively. However, it is important to note that the technology is only assisting in giving knowledge to a user via an app, and it is up to the user to utilize the app and information in the proper way. Keeping this in mind, it is important for medical practitioners to check in on patients to ensure they fully understand what to do during this time of social distancing, and that patients know to contact their practitioners with any medical worries or woes they may be having.
Empowering yourself with the medical knowledge and keeping track of your body is always a good idea, whether we are in a pandemic or not. Using any form of telemedicine can be a great addition to keeping safe and healthy. It is important to discuss this with your doctor so that they are fully on board with any medical apps or telemedicine aspects that you plan to use.
It is important to be able to tell the difference between an emergency and a symptom that just needs to be monitored. If you are ever in doubt, it is important to contact a medical professional who can give you more immediate assistance and not rely solely on an app for help. A medical app can be beneficial in some scenarios and help you and your doctor get more information, but nothing can fully replace an in-person consultation.