Everything women's health in Japan

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  1. Mary Echo
    Mary Echo
    3 orë më parë

    So I can just... go somewhere else if my doctor is bad... damn just another reason i want to move to japan!! i have such a bad doctor in america but everyone whos good is outside of my insurance range, ugh if only i could drive to another city and get a better ona

  2. Mark
    7 ditë më parë

    Instead of contraceptives and thwarting god's plan at creating life why not practice natural family planning instead? You can enjoy each other all you want, you plot the woman's cycle and have your intimacy out of the cycle when the eggs are coming. Simple and not harmful to anyone.

  3. K.A. Christy
    K.A. Christy
    10 ditë më parë

    I have a IUD and it did not hurt in the slightest when I had it put it, tho I know it will vary between women. if you are paranoid about having something like that its best not to get it in my opinion. It still kinda freaks me out even after having it for 4 years. I'm in the US btw so yeah. They might be different over in Japan but I wouldn't know.

  4. w e n d iii
    w e n d iii
    Muaj më parë

    That one hair Rachel has: i like this sleeve

  5. Evenstar Gacha
    Evenstar Gacha
    Muaj më parë

    We have men here advocating for the de-stigmation of reproductive health and I am so here for it. As a women I am very happy about that! 😌✋

  6. Chiyoko
    2 muaj më parë

    What is the risk of catching an infection 'down there' in an onsen? Do you know people who this happened to?

  7. bella
    3 muaj më parë

    wow I literally got you for one of the advertisements that’s so cool

  8. Karin ka
    Karin ka
    3 muaj më parë

    I have a implant since I'm 25. I also heard the thing about it being too painful for women without kids, but it worked out just fine. Of course it's painful, but bearable i would say. And makes every thing else much more stress less :)

  9. Magpie
    3 muaj më parë

    Brilliant compassion Rachel. I'm so glad someone in need of the tough, important information a few minutes into vid, gets it with zero judgement and lots of kindness. Well done.

  10. Natsuhiboshi
    3 muaj më parë

    Not living in japan but as a young woman who had a hormone spiral inserted in september and never had kids before, the placing gave quite some cramps (I was lucky the doctor got it right the first time, my sister wasn’t. I think much depends on where you are in your cycle when you place it). After placement, I had some cramps the first week, maybe 2. But not really since then. I sometimes do get some minor cramps around the time or my period. But all in all the experience wasn’t that painful. So if you want just go for it. Though warning some people really don’t take well to it at all. I had a coworker tell me she had to have it removed again because her body didn’t take it well. So it’s a risk. My spiral was one of the newer ones which doesn’t have much hormones in it and is also a bit smaller, it’s called kyleena but not sure if it’s available everywhere. It is more advised to woman who haven’t given birth yet due to it’s size. Anyway that’s about it.

  11. Dragon Reacts
    Dragon Reacts
    3 muaj më parë

    i feel bad for JAV actresses since they have it harder and crazier than the western side of things and from western adult companies like B bros, for instance. it's much easier, in the west, since some of the western companies know the outcome, too, for the disease the pron stars have, but some companies would take actual care for their adult stars, better than japan.

  12. Vg Fish
    Vg Fish
    3 muaj më parë

    I refuse to believe baby face jun has anything more sexual than a small kiss.

  13. Kimberly Farrell
    Kimberly Farrell
    3 muaj më parë

    Azo is amazing. The pain stuff, the cranberry jell pills, even the pee test sticks are the ones most Drs use. I keep everything on hand because it's so amazing.

  14. why yes
    why yes
    4 muaj më parë

    Me, neither a woman or a japanese : *INTRESTING*

  15. Aimee Kane
    Aimee Kane
    4 muaj më parë

    I'm sorry to be this cat but you misspelled pad in the thumbnail

    1. Janus
      4 muaj më parë

      She meant Pap, as in pap smears. not pads

  16. Dragon Reacts
    Dragon Reacts
    4 muaj më parë

    this is why i still jerk off to porn

  17. orbitalchild
    4 muaj më parë

    Your doctor was incorrect about the IUD it can be painful. But that doesn't mean it will be painful. And painful really is just like a day or two of cramping like on your period and then that's it you don't have to worry about it for 5 to 10 years

  18. R N
    R N
    4 muaj më parë

    Incredibly important topic, thank you for this! May I ask what contraceptive pill you're using? I am planning to switch (on rigevidon now) and trying to hear more experiences and do my own research before discussing it with a GP. Sometimes people would tell me about the pills I've never even heard of before.

  19. Christina C
    Christina C
    4 muaj më parë

    UTIs are the devil!

  20. Hella Sweet Jeff Bro
    Hella Sweet Jeff Bro
    5 muaj më parë

    There are a lot of things in this video I really wish I had in my state. And then some things like abortion sounds scary lmao. But the U.S. healthcare system is pretty much trash compared to Japan’s I’ve gotten stuck with awful gynecologists that have horrified me. I’ve gotten birth control that was awful and painful for me and I was kinda forced to keep taking it for more months than I wanted. I hope sanitary products are more cheap compared to the US prices because it’s awful having to buy your own products and literally make a budget jUST for your vagina’s needs. I’m not exactly sure but there’s a thing called the Pink Tax which just makes all women’s products way more expensive than mens. Im sure almost all women or people with vaginas in the U.S. have struggled with aNy or EVERY of these situations.

  21. like hurricanes
    like hurricanes
    5 muaj më parë

    How is it for trans people? Are top/bottom surgery facilities available?

  22. Lisa Nyan
    Lisa Nyan
    5 muaj më parë

    Just from personal experience, getting asked a lot of questions before being prescribed your birth control CAN be a LIFESAVER! When I first wanted to start the pill, I got a prescription from a male doctor for the injection. When I picked it up from the pharmacy and went back, another female doctor told me she didn't like how sparse the previous doctor's notes had been and asked me about my and my family's medical history - because if you've had thromboses or breast cancer in your family, you shouldn't take any contraceptive containing estrogen. The previous doc hadn't asked me this, and if the second one hadn't asked, I would now be on the wrong kind of contraception and be of risk for so many diseases, including breast cancer and thromboses.

  23. Noah
    5 muaj më parë

    Is there a men's health video?

  24. Hillary Maxson
    Hillary Maxson
    5 muaj më parë

    Yeast infection medication is not sold over the counter in Japan, so it's not a bad idea to bring some Monistat with you if you suffer from the occasional yeast infection. TMI warning: One time I went to the gynecologist in Japan while I was on my period. When my doctor found out that I was using a diva cup, she praised me for it and said she hoped more Japanese women would start using them. She was so sweet and very body positive. Thanks for the video!

  25. Sixk
    6 muaj më parë

    It seems scary that you have to make an appointment, wait for the appointment, and then wait for it to mail for plan b. Because you can only take it in a certain time period before it is too late.

  26. Dona Harrell
    Dona Harrell
    6 muaj më parë

    If I'm not mistaken AZO used to be azogantricin as a prescribed med. Also turned pee red/orange. Also drink cranberry juice.

  27. Trevor Tyers
    Trevor Tyers
    6 muaj më parë

    Women health is important, listen to women.

  28. matt chisa
    matt chisa
    6 muaj më parë

    I don't think it's so much about what the doctor will do when you need an abortion I think it depends on how far along you are or how many months, and that will then controls the future of the procedure and what the Dr can and can not do.

  29. Donna Braden
    Donna Braden
    6 muaj më parë

    When i was having sex regularly, i kept cranberry juice on hand for any UTI pain. I also made sure to pee right after vaginal intercourse (every time). Both of these diminished my own UTI problems considerably.

  30. Steven Campbell
    Steven Campbell
    6 muaj më parë

    The implant being more painful for women who haven't given birth yet is bs, at the very least your practitioner should be able to discuss different sizes of iuds, etc

    1. Steven Campbell
      Steven Campbell
      6 muaj më parë

      HOWEVER, I also did a lot of medical testing laboratory work and I know Japan's standards are insanely high, so maybe that's affecting what's available for birth control implants

  31. Edgar Pusko
    Edgar Pusko
    6 muaj më parë

    All I want to say is that babies are people too..

  32. SilverMaychan
    7 muaj më parë

    I am so happy I can get 6 months of the pil.

  33. Ballycastle_bat
    7 muaj më parë

    As a trans man I'll never use a lot of the health services in Japan but I always enjoy these videos, thanks for being so frank and not afraid to talk about these things! It's very interesting that some places in Japan have automatic chairs. If I sat down in an autochair in my OBGYN unknowingly I would very likely scream haha. I wonder if anywhere else has started to use them. I'm so glad this video is reaching people, and I hope it is a helpful step to many tourists and those who decide to make the big move.

  34. Mutant Monkey
    Mutant Monkey
    7 muaj më parë

    I have UTI's pretty regular and nobody ever considered giving me any kind of medication it's always : just drink more tea drink more water you need to pee it out 😂😂😂💔

  35. MMC
    7 muaj më parë

    AZO has been a lifesaver as an individual with frequent UTI’s!

  36. Sarz93
    7 muaj më parë

    oh god yes to the long panty liners - i just go with a brand thats more targeted to older women lol - who cares - it works, i feel like a lot of pads are made by men haha - im all for de-stigmatising womens health - periods are somewhat traumatic at least in my experience, i would often feel drained when having them so some times i would feel like i was bleeding to death or something (a little dramatic i know) but that and the fact that you are always anxious when having them and going out and you can feel it slowly coming out - its traumatic! if a guy had diarreha and he could feel it coming out a little while with his friends he would be so freaked out - and its so crazy that for women its so normal - turning around after you pee and seeing the toilet full of blood and then having to supress and stay quiet about it because it makes other people feel uncomfortable - bitch imagine having to deal with it let alone hear about it!

  37. Sarz93
    7 muaj më parë

    If you are ever on anti-biotics try taking a pro biotic (at least an hour apart) the anti-biotics kill of lot of bacteria to get rid of an infection and a pro biotic replaces with good bacteria - i have noticed this is especially prevalent with women getting thrush a lot when taking anti-biotics while working as a pharmacy assistant - you can even get specific anti-biotics for vagina flora (as they call it) if its a re-occuring issue too - but i always just recommend a reputable brand that has lots of strains in it - if unsure check with a pharmacist or doctor.

  38. R. Melendez
    R. Melendez
    7 muaj më parë

    big hint for uti's: take d-mannose supplement. its the concentrated version of the sugar that is found in cranberry. i was having them every month, haven't had one in almost six years. it flushes out the e-coli bacteria that mostly causes them. t safe for diabetics. its a miracle. (i'm american living in new zealand)

  39. Stephanie Cybulski
    Stephanie Cybulski
    7 muaj më parë

    Yes, an IUD is pretty painful if you haven't given birth. There's smaller ones here in Canada meant for women who have not, but it's still very, very painful upon insertion because most of the time they have to force your cervix open. My doctor wasn't sure how I didn't start bawling from it. Haha. Pretty worth the 5 min of pain and week of discomfort though.

  40. bexie1989
    7 muaj më parë

    When you say "implant" I'm guessing you mean an IUD as you then say the doctor said not to get one as it's painful for women who haven't given birth (here the "implant" refers to the thing that's put under the skin in your arm) I just want to say though, in my experience, that is BOLLOCKS (lol). I had a copper one put in, never had kids, and while it was certainly uncomfortable, it wasn't painful. I giggled throughout the whole thing (which did NOT help the discomfort. I do not recommend doing that lol). Also the nurse who did mine, insering IUDs was literally her ENTIRE job. She'd travel around all the clinics and doctor surgeries to do it, so she was VEEEEERY experienced. Probably took 30 seconds! Practically skipped home and stopped off at the supermarket on the way, no discomfort whatsoever. I'm actually due to have it replaced next year, come to think of it Of course every woman is different but I've seen soooooo many horror stories circulating about IUDs (people saying it's worse than childbirth, that they threw up/passed out etc) that I just wanted to put my experience out there.

  41. Coleen _j18
    Coleen _j18
    7 muaj më parë

    This video is so important. Thank you for making it. Even if it's 2020, there is still an overwhelming fear and lack of talk about reproductive health.

  42. László Barnicskó
    László Barnicskó
    7 muaj më parë

    I like it when people stay casual about topics like these.

  43. Vixx Celacea
    Vixx Celacea
    7 muaj më parë

    I know it's not an option for everyone, but I hope more people consider it if you get really awful time of the month. I get Depo-Provera every 3 months which is a shot (I have moderate needle issues, so I lie down for it) in the top of my butt/hip area. I haven't had a period or cramps in 8+ years. It's amazing and far more cost effective where I am which is Norther Europe than tampons, pads and other methods. I've also explained to them I have no interest in having kids. The question I get asked now is "Have you been on this before?" and when I say years, they already know I know what it does and that if I wanted kids it would take a long time. I also asked directly about concerns with bone loss and they said there wasn't as much of a correlation as people thought and it was pretty dang low risk. I also personally forget to take pills, so this was a better option and an effective form of bc. I also asked since it's a more permeant solution about getting my tubes tied vs my partner getting snipped. The unfortunate possible consequence of either can be lowered libido and in some cases phantom pain for men, but from a surgical risk perspective, it's a lot less invasive and risky for guys. That said, talk to your obgyn about it if it seems like a good option. All sexual health, especially women's since people are just ill informed, should be totally destigmatized.

  44. P B
    P B
    7 muaj më parë

    I dont know who needs to hear this but unless you want side effects of weight gain and hormonal issues do not just trust any horomonal insert why? Because not enough medical safe science testing or long term trials has been done. Listen to yourself and your body. It is not worth it.

  45. Ezekiel
    7 muaj më parë

    Slight language critique and request! If you could expand this conversation to include female bodied persons that would EXCELLENT so it is not just limited to Women's health in a cisgendered experience. There are a number of folks who are not/do not identify as women but have female biology that still need these services and I know as a person who falls in this category I would benefit greatly from having someones perspective of experience in this regard to navigating Japan's health care system for these identities. Thank you for putting this information together!

  46. Alex Wyler
    Alex Wyler
    7 muaj më parë

    also you said "he" when referring to a doctor at a women's clinic. Here, a women's clinic is a women's clinic. You see women doctors exclusively. there is no men there. maybe as an anesthesiologist. mmmmmm.

  47. Alex Wyler
    Alex Wyler
    7 muaj më parë

    implants are best in the arm. then it is a non issue if you have not given birth.

  48. Midnight Commander
    Midnight Commander
    7 muaj më parë

    Isn't getting the morning after pill by mail sort of against the purpose of the pill? The point is you take it immediately the morning after for it to be the most effective. If you have to have an appointment, then get it by mail, unless they have some same day delivery service in Japan, by the time you receive it a few days later the most effective window for taking that type of drug has already passed. Am I missing something here?

  49. KittyKat Gaming
    KittyKat Gaming
    7 muaj më parë

    The doctors here no longer recommend any of the urine stuff that turns your pee yellow. It makes it very very very hard for them to test for the actual uti. I miss my Magic purple pill! But I don’t miss the orange stain in the toilet bowl from it 😹 *edit: Here in America*

  50. Rhea Galsim
    Rhea Galsim
    7 muaj më parë

    Thank you, so well needed to hear about this!

  51. UnorthodoxNerdGirl
    7 muaj më parë

    The implant for me ended up being extremely painful, in America I was told that was not a side effect. They made me feel crazy. I would trust that guy because I had the implant for years and had the worst cramps ever, they felt like contractions. I was immobile for 20 mins at a time. I had the implant done 3 times, I cut the last one short because I was sick of the pain. I had that type for 8 years total.

  52. SnapshotOfASoul
    7 muaj më parë

    I'm a trans man but the implant thing is completely untrue, at least in Canada - it can hurt going in but the whole "have a kid first" thing is because Japan has failing birth numbers, and they're trying to discourage birth control use in an effort to get people to have kids.

  53. Alligator Monday
    Alligator Monday
    7 muaj më parë

    I'm not female, nor am I moving to Japan, I'm just trying to educate myself.

  54. Abefish
    7 muaj më parë

    I'm not a woman but I'm afab and this video was so useful thank you for giving us some insight!

  55. Laura B
    Laura B
    7 muaj më parë

    This was a great video. Thank you for sharing.

  56. negi neko
    negi neko
    7 muaj më parë

    the one month thing happens here in my part of the US too unfortunately. i have a very wonderful health care provider who allows me to take birth control everyday all year but she has to send a prescription in every month when it runs out.

  57. Jenarator
    7 muaj më parë

    You can definitely get Diva cup delivered in Japan. I did it in 2015. I’m not sure about other brands. Also, if you prefer very thin pads you might want to stock up and bring them with you. I found that a LOT of the pads in Japan are very bulky. At least compared to something like Always Radiant, or something along those lines.

  58. yoursnotmine1996
    8 muaj më parë

    What's the healthcare like in Japan? I'm guessing you need to pay for health care?

  59. Elizabeth Montserrat
    Elizabeth Montserrat
    8 muaj më parë

    Is that your natural hair texture? It looks really good!!

  60. Mockavel Velli
    Mockavel Velli
    8 muaj më parë

    This couple seems to have been together a while now. Any plans on starting a family?

    1. Isabel Ruiz
      Isabel Ruiz
      7 muaj më parë

      Technically they're a family, they just don't have kids

    2. discotheque
      8 muaj më parë

      I think so; they’re currently building their dream house so I’m not quite sure 🤔

  61. Sarah
    8 muaj më parë

    see in america they suggested an iud. i have never had a baby. the most painful thing i have ever felt. i am terrified to get it tooken out.

  62. Civetta47
    8 muaj më parë

    I didn't even know there were pain medication made just for UTI's! Definitely have to look up if this stuff is available in Germany!

  63. Erin Aust
    Erin Aust
    8 muaj më parë

    This is really interesting. Great information.

  64. obi wan kenobi
    obi wan kenobi
    8 muaj më parë

    A women's doctor is in Germany normally, every 6 months you go to your doc and check every thing what's is going on down, and you became the brith control pill for 6 months. The first age for a women doc is here with 13 years to get the uterus cancer vexing ihope it's correct here is it in German Gebärmutterhalskerbs Impfung

  65. Ali Thorstad
    Ali Thorstad
    8 muaj më parë

    Thought I'd share something I learned recently. I had a UTI and before I could get in there was a lot of pain. I ended up taking Azo before the appointment. My doctor told me that Azo will make a urine test be positive even if it's not. But then she followed up with that if I needed to take Azo then it's most likely a UTI and gave me the antibiotics. Because why would you Azo. . . For fun? Just a FYI . You did a great job with this information!

  66. Hey, I'mValarie
    Hey, I'mValarie
    8 muaj më parë

    I know a urologist does like, kidney stones...

  67. Victoria E
    Victoria E
    8 muaj më parë

    Lol, American here. As a poor person, I've never been able to afford a general practitioner, so whenever there's an issue, I have to go straight to the ER/Emergency Care to get sent to a specialist. It sounds nice to skip that step. ☺️

  68. Nicole Leung
    Nicole Leung
    8 muaj më parë

    You should look at Shiori's channel. alfirst.info/nick/4bwpeycg4Nr2wcrV9yC8LQ She's a Japanese sex educator youtuber. I love her content and it's so informative.

  69. Hatsune Miku
    Hatsune Miku
    8 muaj më parë

    In japan: don’t like you doc? Change, nbd. In USA: Doctor makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, insults you. You change to another practice and get flagged as “dr shopping”.

    1. Wendy M
      Wendy M
      6 muaj më parë

      Where do you live in USA? I live in Utah and am from Washington. Never heard of this.

    2. Poopy Rose
      Poopy Rose
      7 muaj më parë

      I didn't know people got shamed here in America for it. That's so annoying

  70. Hatsune Miku
    Hatsune Miku
    8 muaj më parë

    You are so spoiled by the half decent care in Japan that you forgot the word for Appointment. Ahhh America where you can’t even do a walk in appointment for a cold any more.

  71. Niko
    8 muaj më parë

    If you're worried about not getting a Japanese speaking doctor, I would recommend this place: japanhealthinfo.com/ I have used them many times in the year I have been here and they are really good at finding either a doctor who speaks English or someone who can translate for you. You have to pay a fee, but in my opinion, it's worth it. They can also help you set up appointments as well if you want help with that. As for abortion.. I got pregnant a couple of months ago and unfortunately lost the baby. Because my body didn't start miscarrying on it's own, the doctor recommended that I come in for a D&C since she though that it would be too risky for me to wait it out. Now, thanks to my boyfriend being a cheap-ass, I didn't use the service I mentioned in the beginning of this post, which I greatly regret. We were living in rural Japan (outside of Nagoya) and even though we went to the biggest hospital in the city, we were told that they couldn't offer me anyone to translate since they didn't have English speakers on staff. My Japanese is okay, and I get by without much issue in my day to day life, however it's not the best when dealing with medical stuff and also I was afraid that I would forget my Japanese at some point and not be able to communicate at all.. which of course is what happened when I woke up from the anesthesia and I was panicking from the pain. I wouldn't wish that experience on anyone so I would say that if you feel the least bit hesitant about your Japanese, make sure to find someone who at least can translate for you or use the service I mention above. Now, as for the procedure itself. They put me to sleep while performing the procedure and then woke me up before taking me back up to the room. From what I understand, it's not standard to give pain-reliever during these procedures (correct me if I'm wrong), and they will only give it to you if you ask for it specifically. I didn't know about this, so the pain came as a horrible surprise when I woke up. In all fairness, I was also told that not everyone feels pain from this procedure (which I guess is why they don't give you pain reliever beforehand), so I was just really unlucky.. Either way, they took me back up to my room and forbid me from having anything to drink for 2 hours (in Sweden, where I'm from, they let you drink as soon as you ask for it so I don't know if this is just a Japanese thing) and anything to eat for 4 hours after waking up. They kept me over night for observation and then I could go home in the morning the next day (I arrived at the hospital at 8am on the day of the procedure, so in total I had spent a little over 24 hours in the hospital) after they had run some tests and the doctor had done another check to make sure that everything looked okay. All in all, the staff at the hospital were really kind and helpful, but if I had to do it again, I would definitely insist even more on getting an English speaking doctor or at least a translator. If you feel even the least bit hesitant, insist on an English speaking doctor, because otherwise it's a bit like going into it blindfolded and it's really scary - and especially if you start panicking like I did. This is your health so you definitely want to be able to communicate properly with the staff. And this goes for any surgery or health procedure. Also, if you are pregnant in Japan; your husband/boyfriend is allowed into the room to talk to the doctor, but he will get sent out when it's time for the examination. I was told that this is the same even when it comes to external ultrasounds (the kind they do on your stomach, not the kind they shove up your lady-business), and that he can only come back in when you're "decent" again.. Lastly; those doctor-chairs.. That's an experience on it's own, haha. And I am not a fan of those curtains either. It just feels really strange to me to not be able to see the doctor or what's happening down there. First time I went to the "lady doctor" in Japan, was at a clinic in Tokyo and the doctor had a blanket over my bottom-half that he sat under to do the examination (so not a curtain, but he had a blanket covering both him and my lower half). I don't know how he managed to see anything under there, but the whole experience was kind of strange to me.. He was a really kind doctor though so kudos for that.

  72. Jessica E
    Jessica E
    8 muaj më parë

    Do you still do the japenese treatment?

  73. Liz Miller
    Liz Miller
    8 muaj më parë

    Wow, healthcare in the US SUCKS compared to what she said

  74. Sessa drives trucks
    Sessa drives trucks
    8 muaj më parë

    IUD's are terribly painful if you haven't had a kid! I have PCOS and birth control wasn't helping anymore, so we decided to try the IUD instead of hysterectomy. The reason it's so painful is they have to open your cervix, which of you've never had a child, is very painful, then your body goes into contractions after they place it. The second time I had one put in (5 years later) was much less painful.

  75. CrispyLettuce
    8 muaj më parë

    Also, oh my god the robot chair!! I honestly hated it and the privacy screen. I get that it's an awkward situation anyway, and probably lots of people like the curtain, but for me it felt weirdly dehumanizing? Like I wasn't a "patient", I was just an anonymous vagina waiting for inspection. o_o Not a fan, for sure.

  76. CrispyLettuce
    8 muaj më parë

    I definitely had a problem with some docs only wanting to give me one month of BC pills at a time, even though I had a long history of taking them too. This was a few years ago, like 2017ish. I went to two different clinics (since we moved at some point) and I didn't usually see the same doctor each time, so it was a bit of doctor roulette as to whether they'd give me three months or one month. Meanwhile back in america, and now here in sweden, I could get pills for a whole year, lol.

  77. Naja H
    Naja H
    8 muaj më parë

    what a great video Rachel, and a part of different cultures that is never covered in guidebooks!

  78. Ebony S
    Ebony S
    8 muaj më parë

    My experience with getting contraception in Japan honestly wasn't the best. Here's what I recommed: 1. if you're going to a walk in womans health clinic: ARRIVE FIVE-TEN MINUTES BEFORE THEY OPEN. A few times I rocked up during the day and I was waiting for HOURS, was actually the worse. If you walk in right before opening you should get seen to and get out within an hour. 2. You will get called into see different people a number of times (to see the doctor, then maybe get blood pressure done, other tests, then called up to pay ect.) so always be listening for your name/number. 3. If you are sexually active, get birth control BEFORE needing to get plan B. It was not only a stressful experience for me to get it but also super expensive!! Around 200AUD for one pill (no contraception is covered under the national health insurance). 4. You can probably get away with not getting blood tests/papsmears as a foreigner before going on bc. It was my first time and I'd never had a papsmear before (in Aus the recommended time to get one is at 25) and never been on bc before. They wanted me to get a blood test and papsmear done before going on bc pill, but I was only studying in Japan for a year and didn't see why I'd have to spend the extra money doing it. I just told them I got a papsmear done a year ago and everytime they bought up doing a papsmear/blood test, I'd ask to get it done next time and they just let it slide. I also was able to get 6 months worth of bc pills at one time. 5. If you do not speak Japanese, try and find a clinic who can accommodate you. No one at the clinic I went to spoke English, and while my Japanese was good at a conversational level, I didn't know the terms relating to womens health ect. so it was very daunting. The doctor I saw a couple times spoke really fast and just assumed I understood so if you don't understand something don't be afraid to ask! There was a different docter I saw when I needed to get plan b who was really patient and kind. She was google translating terms like thrombosis and explaining it in a way I could understand to make sure I wasn't confused. Definitely look for doctors like this and if you are unhappy go somewhere else! also you can buy menstrual cups on amazon jp!

  79. Sol Naka
    Sol Naka
    8 muaj më parë

    For non-Japanese speakers, it's easier to have an English speaker General doctor who can refer you to specialist who speak English in your area, that's the easiest way in all fronts. My Japaense is horrible, and any problem I have, I go to my general doctor and he picks up the phone in front of me and calls the other doctors to refer me and ask for the appointment with me based on my schedule. Also, by the time I go to the specialist, that person already has my medical story sent from my general doctor, that makes everything so much smoother.

  80. SpoonieSensei
    8 muaj më parë

    hmmm ... i have 15 specialists that i see regularly and they really have nothing to do with my pcp other than sharing labs, scans, test results, &c. i cannot speak for a "healthy" person, but i have only had a few instances where i have had to have a doctor (and not just my pcp) refer me to another specialist. usually specialist to specialist. i think the seeing a "consultant" and then being sent to specialists is much more of a british / uk thing. you also can more or less change doctors / pcps regularly here as well, given that you have decent insurance or the $$ to pay. i also recommend FOR ANYONE WITH ANY MEDICAL ISSUES to ALWAYS BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE! if there is anything wrong in any sense of that word, please try to find someone who can go with you to the doctor if they allow it (i realise in 2020 that's a little tricky, but in general it is very good advice because i would have died several times over if i had not had someone with me checking every medicine that went into ivs when i was insanely ill the many times i have been hospitalized. ). also, i cannot say loudly enough, NEVER SETTLE WITH A DOCTOR WHO IS NOT HELPING YOU, WHO TALKS DOWN TO YOU, WHO THINKS HE OR SHE KNOWS EVERYTHING, OR PROVIDES THE INCORRECT TREATMENT (that list could go on for awhile!)!!! take it from someone who has developed CPTSD, you DO NOT WANT TO STAY WITH ANY DOCTORS LIKE THAT. i have been asking around, but how do you / can you bring medications with you to japan? i have read so many contradictory things that i seem always to come out seemingly knowing less than when i started hunting for this kind of information. like are there definitive prescribed drugs that are not allowed in japan? anything with needles? i would love to be able to go but i need my prescriptions and somewhere around 5-6 shots and infusion needles a week in order basically to function and stay alive. speaking of medicines and utis, cranberry capsules are your best bet. it will not really "help" an infection that has already taken hold (at least from the perspective of some with a primary immune deficiency as well as being highly immunosuppressed!); i have had more than my "fair share" of utis and i can honestly say that if i take a few cranberry pills every day, it cuts down on the number of utis drastically. pure cranberry juice should work the same way .. if you can tolerate drinking it! but you really do have to go to the doctor if you have a uti that is just getting worse and worse because within 24 hours (again, slightly different having a PIDD) that can easily progress into a bladder infection and from there it is almost a certainty that you are going to develop a kidney infection. and take it from me, you REALLY DO NOT want those things! i think azo used to be synonymous with cranberry (maybe it is still in there!) but it is a dye that actually does give you a little pain relief. with all of THAT said, i would get my hands on lots of cranberry supplements (they can be very small as well so there might be 1,0000 in a bottle!) and get an ago to hold you over until you see a doctor. it is better to prevent the uti from happening in the first place because if a uti doesn't cause a lot of pain and urinary problems it can actually make you infertile, if you are one of these people who wants kids.

  81. Lil ms. deafpastrychef
    Lil ms. deafpastrychef
    8 muaj më parë

    I used Skyla iud you don't have to give birth to get this iud... Insert feel like a mild cramp so take OTC painkillers it would let up in a day in a half. I don't know they have it in Japan. So i suggest to do more research because not all doctors are right.

  82. Failedpuberty6x
    8 muaj më parë

    Her hair is like sunshine and happiness o.o. Aaaaand thank you very much for this talk.

  83. Jennifer Gomez
    Jennifer Gomez
    8 muaj më parë

    love your hair & eyeshadow!

  84. Master Jennifer
    Master Jennifer
    8 muaj më parë

    Honestly I've never been to a gynecologist because I don't have the money. I know how important it is, I'm a medical student and work in 3 ED's. (I make less than 9/hr tho). I really have to save money to go for my PCOS, a mammogram, pap smear, the whole shebang. Thanks for this extra push.

  85. I suck at choosing nice names..
    I suck at choosing nice names..
    8 muaj më parë

    Thank you for this video. I just wanted to say not every woman has a vagina, so 'people with vaginas' is more inclusive, as there are also nb people and men with vaginas. :)

  86. Angela Marabella
    Angela Marabella
    8 muaj më parë

    Getting an IUD (if that is what you mean by implant) is fine for women who have not given birth before. I have had 2 so far, and I am 37 and have never had a child. It was not terribly uncomfortable.

  87. indubitably, kiah
    indubitably, kiah
    8 muaj më parë

    As an American living in Japan, what is your insurance situation? And how much is your co-pay when visiting doctors?

  88. Letiece White
    Letiece White
    8 muaj më parë

    Thank you so much. I was thinking of immigrating to a different nation and Japan was one of them. This is super helpful in my decision making.

  89. Zola Blue Bell
    Zola Blue Bell
    8 muaj më parë

    I love the way you fully pronounce every word.. your voice is so pretty 😊

  90. Jennifer Wang
    Jennifer Wang
    8 muaj më parë

    Women in the US don't understand that they have rights regarding their care. I switched providers at 36 weeks in my pregnancies (no fault of my provider, I was just a higher risk in my pregnancy) but many women get forced into options they don't want in the US (which leads to high rates of unnecessary c-sections). It's great to see these advances in care in Asia. I once got a year's supply on the pill. Currently, I am on the shot, and the only thing I get is a pregnancy test before my shot, which is just a urine sample.

  91. Annaie1234
    8 muaj më parë

    the part where you talk about how you went and spoke to a doctor about an implant and how its more painful for those who have not given birth, im going to assume you were talking about an IUD, I had my IUD dont when i was 18 never gave birth and it wasnt painful at all

  92. Code Name
    Code Name
    8 muaj më parë

    I was really amused that buying pads and tampons is super easy with a huge selection but in the interest of “ discretion” they will separately bag your pads/tampons in a very “unnoticeable” gigantic plain grey bag. Haha

  93. Samantha Simonds
    Samantha Simonds
    8 muaj më parë

    Thank you for sharing :)

  94. Yuu
    8 muaj më parë


  95. Sarah Savage
    Sarah Savage
    8 muaj më parë

    do the have really big thick pads because im always on a overflow during my periods

    1. Code Name
      Code Name
      8 muaj më parë

      They do. Try the women’s incontinence pads. They are designed to hold more fluid.

  96. Graysonnii ღ
    Graysonnii ღ
    8 muaj më parë

    Not gonna lie you can see Rachel is a little uncomfortable OwO” It’s okay I would be too.

  97. Tiffanny Graneliers
    Tiffanny Graneliers
    8 muaj më parë

    Actually I use Implant birth control now, so I don’t think it is painful for women who haven’t given birth. I’m single without husband or even partners and no child of course. In my home country, they just asked me to take pregnancy test and they totally helped me to put the implant on. It just that the implant was put inside using a tube, so the doctor actually stab your left arm (definitely left arm, cannot right arm) with the small tube and put the implant rods (depend on the brand sometimes the rod got 1 or 2 or more, mine is 2) and after that its nothing else. And its located between the skin and your arm muscle, its between those fat tissue. There are no pain after few months of recovery. But on the way of the recovery, the arm muscle, the skin, and the rods just kept twisted? More like pinching? With each other and created a slight pain. So i suggested to do some loose arm exercises by shaking your hand a bit and the pain will be directly gone, and rub the rods a bit. The good side of this implant birth control is they stay there, we don’t need to do anything after we put it inside (depend on the brand it got 3 years, 5 years expired, mine is 3 years) before the expired date come, just go to the doctor and remove it, if want to continue then the doctor will stick it in again (of course the new one). I totally recommend this for people who like to forgot to take pills (especially a forgetful person like me :)) One down side is, my fat is reducing, and the rods actually become visible even with a light bend XD But the upside is, I don’t need any tampons, or even pads because I don’t experience any red days after 6 months of implant installation XD I hope this actually help :) ah my home country is Indonesia. Thank you Rachel-san for actually mentioning about this, I also search on the internet and found so many people kind of having a hard time on this and don’t know what to do. I think, I’m the only unmarried woman in my home country to put an implant birth control on. I’m very proud of women who actually voice put their concern about these. I’m very proud of you for voicing out the concern Rachel-san :)

  98. LAU
    8 muaj më parë

    3 months is still a pretty short amount of time! It reduces accessibility in my opinion... Here in Canada we get such a prescription for a year and the pharmacy can extend of a month or two after that if you are waiting for an appointment.

  99. MsBlulucky
    8 muaj më parë

    Wait - are there countries where you're not allowed to change/choose your doctor? Because the way that you stress that it is perfectly possible in Japan makes it sound like you can't change your doctor in the US... If that is indeed the case then I'm a bit shocked right now.

  100. Drnikora
    8 muaj më parë

    Too many 'I don't knows' for an 'everything womens health in Japan' video. A lot of misinformation and just Rachel talking about her experiences. Your experience will vary depending on location, age or if you've had children or not. Would have been better to had other women on the video to talk about their experiences.