Many women are choosing to opt out of pap tests. Unfortunately, some of these women are not having their choices respected by their health care providers and are experiencing coercion.
A poll published on this site asked women three questions related to pap test coercion. Since publication hundreds of women have responded to the poll questions and the results reveal some surprising insights into women’s health care experiences.
The first poll question asked women “Have you felt pressured into having a pap test that you did not want?“. A total of 512 women have responded. The vast majority of women (457 out of 512 = 89.26%) responded that yes, they had felt pressured into having an unwanted pap test.
The second poll question asked “Has your doctor withheld medications or healthcare when you have said ‘no’ to a pap test?“. A total of 442 women have responded. More than half of the women who responded (235 out of 442 = 53.17%) have experienced the withholding of medications or healthcare when they refused a pap test.
The third and final poll question asked “Have you stopped going to doctors because you are worried about being pressured into a pap test?“. A total of 506 women have responded. The majority of women (431 out of 506 = 81.62%) responded that yes, they had stopped going to visit doctors because of concern about being pressured into having a pap test.
The responses reveal that many women are experiencing unwanted pressure to have a pap test, that they are having medications and/or healthcare withheld when they refuse a pap test, and that many have stopped visiting doctors altogether because of concern about being coerced into an unwanted pap test.
The poll is still open and can be accessed here: https://forwomenseyesonly.com/2014/07/30/how-many-women-go-without-health-care-due-to-pap-test-coercion/ The comments underneath the poll reveal further details about women’s experiences related to pap test coercion.