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Women’s Health

As uninviting as visiting a foreign OB/GYN may sound, your reproductive health is important! Looking after it should not be suspended for one to five years simply to avoid getting a consultation (Conditions such as ovarian cysts and endometriosis can become major health issues if left untreated). Exams are covered by health insurance, and Japanese medical staff are very professional. The majority of Japanese OB/GYNs tend to be men.

Breakdown of an exam:

1. The padded cushion and stirrups are replaced by a chair that elevates, swivels, tilts back, spreads your legs and has a bottom that drops out.
2. You have the option of drawing a curtain across your waist while the doctor and nurse(s) perform the exam.
3. A hose of lukewarm water is a uniquely Japanese component of the exam.
4. If you get an ultrasound, it may be done internally.
5. After another hosing, the nurse pats you dry with a towel.

A higher incidence of yeast infections is a common complaint among foreign women in Japan. They can be brought on by a weakened immune system, a common condition resulting from lifestyle change or stress and culture shock. The humidity of summer can also be a factor in increased susceptibility. It is advisable to eat active yoghurt and wear loose-fitting cotton clothes in summer.

OB/GYNs:

Kawata Women’s Hospital [Kurume] Dr. Ota trained for one year in Barcelona. From JR Kurume take bus #15 to Hirashima.

9am-6pm Mon-Fri (til 12:30 Thu); 9am-5pm Sat. 955-1

Umemitsumachi. Tel 0942-32-2502

Hamaguchi Women’s Clinic Kitakyushu

Dr. Hamaguchi attended UCLA. Accessible from JR Kokura Minami Station by bus #4.

2-14-24 Kiyomizu, Kokura-kita-ku. Tel 093-561-0776