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 wish to screen for cervical cancer. However, even though all cancer screening is optional, the women who say “no” to cervical cancer screening often have their choices ignored. Many women on this blog and on other forums have indicated they are being coerced and/or bullied into unwanted pap tests when they visit doctors.
Unfortunately, there is no research that has been done to determine the numbers of women who avoid doctors and/or who have healthcare withheld due to pap test coercion. Online polls are not considered “formal” research, but they can provide an opportunity for women to share and learn from each others’ experiences:
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