For women coming to teach in Korea, you will need to find a women’s clinic you can rely on and feel comfortable going to. After reading other blogs on peoples’ experiences with finding the right women’s clinic in Korea, I began to get nervous. Many girls said they felt like they were being looked down upon, and felt awkward as if their privacy was being invaded. They claimed that in Korea there is a lot of stigma towards women having sex before marriage. However, this upset me because women should be getting regular check ups with an OB/GYN even if they are not sexually active. My coworker recommended this hospital to me because there is an English speaking doctor. I was welcomed and treated very respectfully with smiles all around.
The receptionist didn’t really speak English, but she motioned for me to sit and wait. The wait was about 15 minutes long. The doctor was completely fluent in English and was very kind, and the check up only cost 15,000 Won. I’m sure that there are some women who have had bad experiences, and have felt mistreated, but I recommend Sinsoe Women’s Clinic. You can get there by taking the number 2 green line to Gangnam Station, then walk out of exit 11. Walk straight and before the cross walk you should see a “City Pharmacy” on your right. Sinsoe Women’s Clinic is located on the 5th floor of that same building, juxtaposed to a plastic surgery clinic. This aspect of a shared office space diffused the tension because although there was nearly no one else there, even if there was they wouldn’t know what you were there for.
Until recently, issues like abortion and sex before marriage were considered taboo. One year ago the government issued a reassessment of abortion and other family planning issues because of the decline in population. However it has not reached the level of political campaign as it is in the U.S. Learning about the public opinion of Koreans on similar issues that we have in the U.S. has been an interesting cultural experience. It is good for you to explore and find a women’s clinic conveniently located for you, but if you want to avoid potential obstacles that come with a conservative culture, I recommend Sinsoe Women’s Clinic.
Yuna Lee is a current instructor at Chung Dahm Learning. Yuna was born and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area and graduated from the University of Mary Washington. She has traveled to many different places including Honduras, Ecuador, and Nepal. However with her father being Korean, she wanted to learn more about her heritage, so she set off to Seoul, Korea to do some soul-searching. Now, she is loving the freedom and independence of her post-college life. Teaching at Chung Dahm has been such a rewarding experience. Follow her blog to read up on the interesting things she has to share!