Tips For College
Girls To Prevent Abuse By Doctors
A number of college campuses push
young women to have unnecessary pap smears, pelvic and breast examinations.
You should always take time to research to assess your risks for
cervical cancer to determine if it is necessary for you to have
a women's wellness health exam. Informed
consent is often missing from pap smears. There is usually no
need for young women to have pap smears if they have never engaged
in any type of sexual activity. See
more information on pap smears for virgins. 99% of cervical
cancer cases are caused by HPV, a Sexually Transmitted Disease.
HPV can be transmitted by oral sex, anal sex, and skin to skin contact
with genitals, yet the girl could still be technically a virgin
(no penetration). Sometimes, virgin girls have problems such as
abnormal heavy menstrual periods, severe cramps, or large ovarian
cysts that need to be taken care of. But there are some less invasive
procedures such abdominal ultrasound that can detect ovarian cysts.
Many HPV infections actually clear on their own without progressing
to cervical cancer.
Many college girls have been traumatized
by having intimate examinations by male doctors even if there was
no sexual abuse. There was one case where a college girl went to
her infirmary for an ear infection that ended up having a pap smear,
pelvic exam, and breast examination. The doctor told her she needed
a pap smear right away and it took her completely off guard. She
was very traumatized by her experience. The doctor took advantage
of many other girls at that college as well. Women should never
be pushed into having a pap smear at an appointment or walk-in about
another health issue.
1.) It is best for a woman
to never go to a male gynecologist. There are so many good
female ob/gyns you could choose from. If your area or college infirmary
does not have any female ob/gyns, you should check into having a
female Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant do your women's
health examinations. You are in a very vulnerable position when
you let a male doctor do intimate procedures on you. Having a nurse
or an assistant present in the room with the doctor does not guarantee
that nothing inappropriate would happen to you. Remember that the
nurse or assistant is present to "protect" the doctor
and will often be on the doctor's side. There have been cases where
female patients felt the male doctor went too far, but the nurse
or assistant felt he was simply doing thorough examinations. It
is certainly not worth the risk to let a male doctor do intimate
female procedures or examinations on you. If there are no good female
gynecologists in your area, ask your mom or someone else to drive
you to the closest city with a female gynecologist no matter how
far it is away.
2.) Even with female
doctors, you have to take some precautions. It is very
rare for female doctors to commit sexual misconduct,
but it is possible. Some female doctors are very coercive when it
comes to doing things. You need to speak up about things you do
not want to be done to you. For example, if you do not want any
male anesthesiologists, nurses, or students/residents present for
your procedure (ex: ovarian cyst removal surgery) you should be
sure to make it clear to your female gynecologist and have all of
your wishes in writing. It might be good to have someone who can
help you advocate for what you want. You should ask the female ob/gyn
to tell you in details about what exactly what she will be doing
and if there is anything you do not like, you should speak up.
3.) Do not allow
yourself to be pressured into having a pelvic exam, pap smear, or
breast exam at any doctor appointments. Some female patients have
gone to the doctor for other health concerns and were pressured
into having unnecessary examinations. For instance if you go in
for a sore throat and you think you may have strep throat, do not
spend time listening to a lecture by the doctor about how important
it is to have a pap smear and that you need one today. If something
like that happens, tell the doctor you are not interested and you
only want to talk about the reason you came in (ex: your throat
4.) Do not undress
or put on a medical gown when it is unnecessary and/or you feel
uncomfortable. There are so many procedures and tests that doctors
can do on you without you having to change your clothes. For example,
there's no need to change into a medical gown for a strep throat
5.) Keep in mind
that it is unnecessary for you to take your shirt off for the doctor
to listen to your heart. You should wear a thin shirt and not a
sweatshirt. It is strange, but many doctors do not even ask men
to take their shirts off to listen to their hearts, but they ask
women to. That tells you something is wrong.
6.) You should
think in advance about what parts of your body the doctor should
examine and dress accordingly. For instance if you have a knee problem
that you want the doctor to check out, you should put shorts instead
of pants on so you would not have to take any of your clothes off
in the doctor's office.
7.) Never let anyone
even your mother or friends pressure you into going to a male gynecologist
no matter how good he may be. Many people thought that the male
gynecologists who have sexually abused some of their patients were
8.) Make a firm
decision that you will not let a male doctor or nurse touch any
parts of your body that are covered by a two piece bathing suit.
This is a good way to prevent you from being sexually abused by
a male doctor.
9.) Do research
to assess your risks of cancers. Do not trust everything the doctor
or nurse at your infirmary says.
10.) Never let
a nurse or doctor set up an appointment for you to have cancer screenings
without doing some research about your risks of each cancer.
11.) No person
should ever go to any medical appointment alone. Always take along
a trusted person (family member or friend) - not only for protection
from potential sexual abuse, but to act as another set of eyes and
ears to help listen and remember everything you need to know regarding
the reason you actually are there.
12.) Do not let
the doctor coerce you into having a pap smear or pelvic exam to
get a prescription for birth control pills. Only a blood pressure
check is necessary.