A Word for the Girls
This site was built by a woman and many of these are my experiences. When I first learned what my condition was, I did what most people did back in the dark ages before the Internet - I trotted down to the library to do some research. What I learned there, from musty old medical books, was that this was a “guy” disease – something that happened to men with hairy behinds. Needless to say, I was appalled and mortified that I had this problem. The sheer embarrassment of having this “guy” condition kept me from seeking treatment for a long time. I put off having surgery for 7 years because I was too embarrassed to let anyone know that I had this “guy” problem.
The experience of doing this web site has really opened my eyes since a significant number of visitors have been female. What you will read around the web is that Pilonidal affects mostly MEN (note: the bulk of the research on Pilonidal Disease has come from the Armed Forces Medical Establishment) - in practice, most surgeons will tell you that the disease is evenly split between men and women and not just a “hairy-butt guy” thing.
I also think that more women are developing Pilonidals as society has changed in the past 30 years. Women are more fully a part of the corporate work force and we have become the same "office-chair potatoes" as men always have been.
To answer a common question, yes, women do tend to notice Pilonidal flare-ups coincide with menstrual cycles. At this point, it is assumed to be because of the huge hormone fluxuations that cause our pores to produce more oil, thus producing acne on the face and adding fuel to fire in the natal cleft.
It’s tough for we women to be comfortable with male doctors messing in our private parts, but in this case we must get over our embarrassment so that we get the best care possible. There just aren’t very many female Colon & Rectal Surgeons out there in the world and we need to get over our shyness and find the best doctor out there, no matter what gender.
This page last updated: 05/21/2010