Informed Consent, ‘Planned Parenthood Style': Guest Post

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This guest post is written by Diane, a valued contributor to this blog. Leading medical organizations state a pelvic exam/pap test is NOT medically indicated for women wanting birth control pills. However, some physicians continue to abuse women’s rights and … Continue reading

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Way Too Many Unnecessary Pap Tests

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Doctors’ overuse of pap tests has recently been put under closer inspection. Up to now there has been no concerted effort to quantify the extent of doctors’ overuse of unnecessary tests, but a U.S. task force has devised a method … Continue reading

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Abuse in hospital childbirth gets World Health Organization’s attention

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Some good news arrived for women who are concerned about abusive hospital treatment during childbirth.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a statement that addresses abuse and disrespect during hospital childbirth.  The WHO statement reads: Every woman has the … Continue reading

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The Levy Case: Do Women Need to Take a Security Guard to the Gynocologist?

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The $190 million settlement between more than 8,000 female patients and Johns Hopkins Hospital was finalized Sept. 19th, but the cash settlement will do nothing to restore the loss of trust experienced by some women. The Levy Case Dr. Nikita … Continue reading

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New App for Birth Control Pills: No Humiliating Exams

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Planned Parenthood is working on a new app that will enable women to purchase birth control prescriptions without needing to visit a doctor.  The app will enable women to converse online with a nurse practitioner and obtain mail-order birth control … Continue reading

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Women Offered Bribes to Have Pap Tests: Guest Post

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This is a guest post written by Diane, a valued contributor to this blog: I have this health plan. My doctor was very nice when I told her that I did not want a Pap or pelvic exam, and she … Continue reading

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Open letter to doctors re: cervical cancer screening “invitations”

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The following letter by an anonymous author was posted on a UK Health Forum and shared on this blog by Elizabeth (Aust): “Dear Doctors, Thank you for your recent letter in which you informed me that I am at risk … Continue reading

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Poll: How many women won’t go to doctors because of pap test coercion?

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Some women who choose to decline pap tests are having a hard time accessing health care.  Pap tests are used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix which are thought to potentially lead to cervical cancer.  Some women do not … Continue reading

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Pelvic Exam Debate Missing Bigger Picture

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Following a recent groundbreaking study that reveals the uselessness of pelvic exams,  the media coverage is focusing on the continued debate between the American College of Physicians and the ob-gyns, rather than on the implications for women’s health. The Physicians … Continue reading

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The Community Heart Award

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The blog *forwomenseyesonly* has been nominated for the Community Heart Award by Barbara of  Idealistic Rebel.  Barbara’s blog exemplifies the spirit of a caring community,  where no cause is too small or too great to take on.  Her blog tackles … Continue reading

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Study: Women’s vaginas don’t need yearly supervision after all

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Research-savvy women who avoid doctors and forgo birth control prescriptions in order to escape pelvic exam coercion have recently been handed additional evidence to support their decisions.  A study looking at the pros and cons of pelvic examinations found that … Continue reading

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When Doctors Won’t Take “No” for an Answer

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People were outraged when the furtive practice of performing pelvic exams without consent on anesthetized women undergoing surgery came to light.  People discovered that women who were admitted to hospital for surgery were not being informed that their vaginas could … Continue reading

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Top Five Reasons for Opting Out of Pap Tests

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For years women have been presented with only one side of the story when it comes to pap tests to screen for cervical cancer. The ways in which pap tests are presented have led many women to believe that they … Continue reading

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Women Drive Change by Opting Out of Pap Tests

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Women have huge purchasing power and when women stop buying a bad product it tends to disappear from store shelves.  This pattern might extend to the pap smear as more and more women are opting out of this questionable method … Continue reading

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ACOG Committee Agrees No Pelvic Examination Necessary for STD Testing

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Women do not need to undergo humiliating examinations in order to test for sexually transmitted diseases.  Urine testing and/or self-collected vaginal swabs are acceptable alternatives to an internal exam.  The American College of Physicians and Surgeons (ACOG) Committee Opinion states … Continue reading

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Pap Test Coercion Getting More Attention

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When women visit a doctor they often are not going for the purpose of a pap smear, but find themselves having one anyway.  Frequently this is not because women have asked for one but because their doctor has told them … Continue reading

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2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats people prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Happy New Year to you and thank you for visiting. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 230,000 … Continue reading

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Why are doctors sticking their fingers into women’s vaginas?

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You might have wondered why doctors routinely perform bimanual exams (insertion of fingers into the vagina) during pelvic examinations. Well, if you asked your doctor for an explanation you might not get one because doctors themselves are a bit vague … Continue reading

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All I want this Christmas is informed consent for pap tests!

Dear Santa, Could I please have some informed consent for Christmas?  It would be so lovely to have doctors tell women the truth about pap tests!  It would be so nice if doctors told women that: “cervical cancer is rare”, … Continue reading

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The Hidden Truth About the Female Penis (Warning: Graphic Images)

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Did you know that female and male reproductive organs aren’t all that different from each other?  During the first few weeks of fetal development the internal and external sex organs are the same in both boys and girls. It is … Continue reading

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Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Women’s Right to Decline “Optional” Screening Tests?

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Some women are questioning how the Affordable Care Act will affect their right to informed consent in regards to pap tests/pelvic exams.  Some of the questions women are asking include the following: Will insurance company policies require pap tests as … Continue reading

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“Choosing Wisely” Means Fewer Pap Tests or None At All

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A public campaign called “Choosing Wisely” is helping to raise awareness about the potential harms of unnecessary medical tests and treatments.  The campaign, launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and nine American physician organizations, promotes discussion between … Continue reading

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Discussion Forum (Unnecessary Pap Smears: Part Two)

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This post has been created to provide an additional forum for discussion. Thank you Alex for suggesting the addition of an open forum devoted to discussion on this blog. (click on title or graphic to go to comments)

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Pelvic Exams and Porn (Trigger Warning)

The porn industry has sunk another level.  Gynecological procedures such as pelvic exams, bimanual exams, the use of speculums revealing close ups of opened vaginas, and other intimate procedures are being play-acted by naked female actors alongside male actors dressed … Continue reading

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References and Education: Pap Testing and Other Women’s Health Topics

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This publication is a compilation of the links to the references and resources found on *forwomenseyesonly*.  The references are sorted by the posts on this site and are presented from newest to oldest.  Many of the links have been provided … Continue reading

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Doctors Mistake Toes for Genitals

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This woman has difficulty finding a doctor who can tell the difference between her toenails and her genitals: Twice, TWICE this year I have gone to doctors to be seen for toenail fungus. For those of you who have not … Continue reading

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What Pap Testing Should Look Like in 2013

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We know what pap testing looked like in the 50’s because on the surface not much has changed.  Even though it has been 60 plus years since the introduction of pap tests to screen for cervical cancer, the stirrups are … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Colposcope: Clinic Employees’ Opinions

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Interesting comments found on “Unnecessary Pap Smears” from women who work at a colposcopy clinic: • 495 – Colposcopy Clinic Employee May 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm The money generated in that search amounts to billions. The industry banks on … Continue reading

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Lead Researcher for Gardasil Vaccine Speaks Out

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Dr. Diane Harper, the lead researcher involved in developing the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, is continuing her efforts to warn the public about the potentially harmful  effects of the vaccinations.  In a series of attempts to get the message out, … Continue reading

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10,000 Comments on Unnecessary Pap Smears Deleted

forwomenseyesonly:

So many comments – nine years worth of comments – gone. They were an important piece of women’s history.

*Update: The comments have been retrieved and can be found on this site:http://unnecessarypapsmears.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/over-10000-lost-comments-on-unnecessary-pap-smears-find-a-home/
*Updated August 19, 2013

Originally posted on Unnecessary Pap Smears:

*Update: The lost comments have been found and are being republished on Unnecessary Pap Smears WordPress (linked below)

In 2004 a woman who called herself “Bookofjoe”  wrote an article titled “Unnecessary Pap Smears” and published it on Blogcritics.  The article highlights a number of interesting points, but the main focus of the article is on the questionable practice of screening for cervical cancer on women who have no cervix.  The author states that in the United States “almost 10 million women – almost half of all women who have undergone hysterectomy – are being screened unnecessarily, as they are not at risk of cervical cancer” (the full article can be read here http://blogcritics.org/unnecessary-pap-smears/)

The article is interesting but it is what happened after the article was published that is most remarkable.  Women began to comment on the article and to share their experiences with pap smears.  Women – many for…

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Sexual abuse under guise of health care presents barriers

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Incidence of sexual abuse within health care is estimated to rival levels found within the church and other major institutions, but people who are sexually abused by doctors and other health care workers within the context of health care are … Continue reading

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Woman Fights Back Against Pap Test Marketing Tactics

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The National Health Service (NHS), a publicly funded healthcare group, utilized marketing techniques designed to tug on women’s heartstrings and instill fear in an effort to increase cervical cancer screening in the United Kingdom.  The NHS used carefully crafted appeals … Continue reading

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Gynecologists duke it out with task force over pap testing young women

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Recent recommendations by the Canadian Task Force to stop pap testing women under the age of 25 have not been sitting well with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The numbers of women undergoing cervical cancer screening have been steadily … Continue reading

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Women boycott unnecessary pelvic exams by buying birth control pills online

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The World Health Organization (WHO), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and other health leaders have advised doctors that a pelvic exam/pap test is not medically indicated for women wanting birth control pills.  In fact, women taking birth control … Continue reading

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Marketing of Pap Tests can be Misleading (Warning: cone biopsy image may be disturbing)

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The marketing of pap tests to promote screening for cervical cancer among young women can be misleading and often does not tell the whole story.  The ads feature young, happy, healthy, smiling groups of women, engaging in activities such as … Continue reading

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Reality Award

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The blog *forwomenseyesonly* has been nominated for the Reality Award.  Thank you MisBehaved Woman of  MisBehaved Woman for this much appreciated nomination, and for your blog.  One of MisBehaved Woman’s sentiments, “No, I will NOT sit down and learn to … Continue reading

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Why Pelvic Exams are Not called Vaginal Exams

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The term “pelvic exam” is a bit misleading.  A woman who didn’t know better might think it meant having her pelvic bones examined.  Imagine her shock when she discovered that the doctor did not want to see or touch her … Continue reading

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Opinion Poll on Pap Tests

New guidelines by the Canadian task force recommend that women under the age of 25 should not be screened for cervical cancer.  The new recommended guidelines can be read here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/01/07/cervical-cancer-pap-hpv-test.html

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Psychological Harms of Pelvic Exams

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There is a lack of research on the harmful psychological effects of pelvic exams.  The lack of research highlights how the harmful effects from pelvic exams have largely been ignored, or have been considered not important enough to warrant investigation.  … Continue reading

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Patient Sex Abuse Problem Makes its Way Into Mainstream Media

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The problem of patient sexual abuse at the hands of doctors has reached the point where it can no longer be ignored and covered up.  It is encouraging to see mainstream media tackling this issue by bringing it to the … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Combat Doctors Bullying You Into Unwanted Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams

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If you have gone to a doctor for a health concern that is unrelated to your reproductive health, and if you do not want a pap test/pelvic exam/STD test, but find your doctor pressuring you into one – even after … Continue reading

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All I Want this Christmas is for Someone from Greenland to Hit on my Blog

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If you are a person who lives in Greenland, please would you hit on my blog?  Just one hit from you and my stats “Views by Country” map will light up big time!  You don’t even have to read anything, … Continue reading

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What Doctors Don’t Want You to Know About Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams

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You might have wondered why doctors are so persistent when it comes to your pap test and pelvic exam.  You might also have wondered why doctors don’t give you information and offer you a choice in the matter.  Here is … Continue reading

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Family Doctors: Lay Your Speculums Down . . .

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Women are having a difficult time accessing health care without being coerced into a pap test.  Some women are bullied to the point of having to leave without having the reason for their doctors visit addressed.  This is a far … Continue reading

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Informed Consent for Pap Tests/Pelvic Exams Still Not Offered to Women

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New guidelines recommend pap tests every three to five years, but many doctors are continuing to ignore recommendations and to pressure women into yearly testing.  This is not surprising given doctors have a business to run.  Bottom line, however, is … Continue reading

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Nine Steps to Take to Prevent Unwanted Pelvic Exams

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If you find yourself being pressured into an unwanted pelvic exam while at your Doctor’s, here are some steps you can take to prevent this from happening again: 1.  At least three weeks prior to seeing your Doctor, do not … Continue reading

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What some male Doctors do when women say “No”

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Many women are uncovering the facts regarding pelvic exams and are discovering that cervical cancer is rare, that a pap smear is an unreliable testing method, and that they face a very real risk of harm from followup procedures.  Some … Continue reading

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Battle Brewing Over Pointless Pelvic Exams

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There is a hidden battle brewing within the medical community about the misuse of  physicians’ valuable time.  Three female Doctors have come together to write a compelling journal article showing how the significant amount of time physicians spend conducting pelvic … Continue reading

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Blogcritics Welcome (Updated)

Elizabeth has commented on the post “Three Ways to Combat Doctors Bullying You into Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams”.   Both of us are having difficulty posting on Blogcritics.  So welcome again, make yourselves at home.

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A Pelvic Exam is Not Necessary to Test for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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There is a growing number of women who are declining routine pap tests and pelvic exams, but Doctors have found a way around this.  Doctors are now promoting yearly sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing together with a pelvic exam they … Continue reading

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