Tag Archives: right to refuse pap test

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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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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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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Poll: How many women won’t go to doctors because of pap test coercion?

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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 … 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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Top Five Reasons for Opting Out of Pap Tests

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For years women have been presented with only one side of the story when it comes to pap tests to screen for cervical cancer. The ways in which pap tests are presented have led many women to believe that they … Continue reading

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Pap Test Coercion Getting More Attention

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When women visit a doctor they often are not going for the purpose of a pap smear, but find themselves having one anyway.  Frequently this is not because women have asked for one but because their doctor has told them … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blogcritics Welcome (Updated)

Elizabeth has commented on the post “Three Ways to Combat Doctors Bullying You into Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams”.   Both of us are having difficulty posting on Blogcritics.  So welcome again, make yourselves at home.

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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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