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Task Force Open to Public Comment on Pelvic Exams

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Pelvic exams are currently up for review by the US Services Preventive Services Task Force.  The task force reviews scientific evidence to determine the effects of preventive services, such as screening tests for cancer.  The task force makes recommendations based … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Has Gynecology Ever Faced Its Shameful Past?

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This guest post is written by K. Badgers, a valued contributor to this blog. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana Memory is intrinsically entwined with politics – there are restrictions on who … 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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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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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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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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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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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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ACOG Committee Agrees No Pelvic Examination Necessary for STD Testing

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Women do not need to undergo humiliating examinations in order to test for sexually transmitted diseases.  Urine testing and/or self-collected vaginal swabs are acceptable alternatives to an internal exam.  The American College of Physicians and Surgeons (ACOG) Committee Opinion states … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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