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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Other Side of the Speculum: A Male Doctor’s Point of View

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Hang on to your knickers and read what a Doctor has to say on the subject of pap smears and pelvic exams.  What follows is a comment from Blogcritics.org written by a Doctor that uncovers an honest and all-male point … Continue reading

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Sensitive Examinations and Your Right to Say “No Thank You”

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You might not be aware of your right to refuse any part of any physical examination, especially in regards to pelvic examinations.  The following excerpt is from the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Professional Standards and Guidelines regarding … Continue reading

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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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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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