Category Archives: health

Pap Smear Consent Form

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Pap smears are invasive and have potential for harm.  Currently in women’s health care, verbal and written consent for pap smears is lacking.  Information and consent in relation to pap smears is sometimes not offered to women and some women … Continue reading

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Doctors Over-Diagnosing Cervical Cancer Way Too Often

Out of every 100,000 women who have a pap test, 5,000 will be falsely diagnosed with cervical cancer. That’s a lot of women who will be told they have cervical cancer when in fact they do not. These women will be … Continue reading

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Pap Tests Are NOT Mandatory

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All cancer screening is optional, including pap tests to screen for cervical cancer.  Unfortunately, some women mistakenly believe pap tests are mandatory. The mistaken belief that pap tests are mandatory is mainly due to the fact some doctors fail to … Continue reading

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Call For Submissions: “Cervical Screening – 30 Years of Pap Rape”

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This forum is dedicated to a book project led by Linda, an informed woman, an activist, and a contributor to this site. In the UK it will be 30 years since the programme of smear testing began. Women (and men) … Continue reading

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Gynecologists Want to Legalize “Mild” Female Genital Mutilation

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A recent news article in CBC brought gynecology down to an all-time low. Two U.S. gynecologists spoke up about wanting to legalize a “milder” form of female genital mutilation (FGM) for immigrants. The gynecologists argue that allowing legalized “pricking or … Continue reading

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Doctors Need to Stop Pushing Pap Tests

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Doctors need to stop pushing pap tests, especially in light of new findings.  Some doctors have been getting away with the practice of withholding informed consent for a long time.  Women rarely get offered a choice about whether or not … Continue reading

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Pap Test Practices Around the World Reveal Interesting Findings

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One might reasonably assume that frequent pap tests would result in lower incidence of cervical cancer, but a closer look reveals that this is not the case. After comparing pap test practices from a number of countries and looking at … Continue reading

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Cervical Cancer Compared to Other Things That Can Kill You

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There’s a lot of pressure placed on women to have pap tests to screen for cervical cancer.   Some doctors give more attention to cervical cancer screening than to any health condition or concern a woman has.  Some doctors are more … Continue reading

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Gynecological Procedures Can Cause PTSD

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Women’s experiences of gynecological/obstetric procedures can be sufficiently distressing to cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 500 women took part in a study about the psychological effects of vaginal exams, pap tests, and other gynecological/obstetric procedures. Of the 500 women who … Continue reading

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What Doctors Should be Telling You about Breast Cancer Screening

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Some doctors are choosing to ignore the latest research findings on breast cancer screening.  Despite evidence that demonstrates how breast cancer screening may be doing more harm than good, women are still faced with ‘pink’ messaging and propaganda that promotes … Continue reading

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Saying “No” to a Pap Test

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Every time I go to a walk in clinic the doctor asks me “When was your last pap test?” Even though my reasons for visiting have nothing to do with my reproductive organs — once I went because of a … Continue reading

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Pap Smears Considered ‘Animal Cruelty’

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A woman was arrested for performing pap smears on her dog.  She was charged with animal cruelty and sent to jail.  Yet women are expected to tolerate the same exam.  Women are expected to lay down and take it, often … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8,398 Comments and Counting on Blog (Blogcritics.org) Regarding Unnecessary Pap Smears

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Ladies, for those of you who are fed up and still searching for some answers about all those pap tests, there is a site well worth a visit with some very interesting comments on the subject – 8,398 comments with … Continue reading

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Researchers are saying unnecessary pelvic exams are “Worrisome”.

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In weighing the harms and benefits of pelvic exams researchers are concerned more harm than good is coming from too frequent pelvic exams.  In fact, many women are failing to go to doctors for health concerns so they will not … Continue reading

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Cervical and Prostate Cancer Screening Driven by Physician Preference

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Incidence of cervical cancer is only .0073% (Stats Canada, 2008), but the incidence of prostate cancer is much higher.  According to Stats Canada (2008) incidence of prostate cancer is .01402% (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012001/article/11616/tbl/tbla-eng.htm ). In other words, prostate cancer is 19.2 times … Continue reading

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Cervical Cancer is . . . RARE??

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With so much pressure to have a pap test to screen for cervical cancer you would assume it was a very common type of cancer.  Well, that assumption would be wrong.  After much digging in search of the facts, I … Continue reading

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Me and Pap Tests don’t get along

Every time I go to a walk in clinic the doctor asks me “When was your last pap test?”.  I went to a clinic for a sprained ankle and the doctor glanced briefly at my ankle, and then continued to … Continue reading

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Five Real Reasons Why Physicians Want to Examine Your Pelvis

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I have been discovering the facts behind pelvic exams and pap tests.  More and more research is revealing pap smears have little to do with protecting women’s health.  In fact, frequent screening for cervical cancer is harming many women and … Continue reading

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