Category Archives: informed consent

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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