1) For a GYN exam, or a routine physical for that matter, why is there a need to measure body temperature at all?
Duh! Body temperature is an indicator of where a woman is in her cycle. It gives a GYN a baseline (likewise if it is taken intra-vaginal/basal) My question, borrowing from the late and revered JFK, "Why ask "why"? Ask, "why not?" !!!
Actually clarisacares, you are only somewhat correct here. Yes, measuring a womans body temp is in fact an indicator or where a woman might be in her cycle, but measuring her temp at the doctors office would seldom if ever be done for this reason.
Because a womans temp varies only very very slightly during ovulation, meaning by tenths, and then not always, it has to be done while she is in bed, just waking up, and with very little movement on her part, meaning easily reaching over to the bedstand and inserting the thermometer. That means no stretching, no yawing, no getting up to go to the bathroom etc. Even as little movement as this is enough to change the temp enough to raise or lower her temp if shes using an ovulation thermometer.
So taking a temp at a doctors office would never be an accurate reading for ovulation purposes, never!
Also, as sad as this is, really, unless your patient is there for a first appointment, which would be to establish a baseline for everything, there is really no need for anyone to take your temp unless you were there presenting with a problem that might raise or lower your temp, i.e. the flu, infection, etc. Other than that, taking your temp or most other vital signs really is a total waste of your time and the professionals skills and time. So why bother?
His question in this medical professionals opinion is quite valid actually? Why?
Im just saying, lol.