Marion Ravenwood (marionravenwood) wrote in vaginapagina,
Marion Ravenwood
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American College of Physicans advises against routine pelvic exams

The American College of Physicians issued a statement earlier this week that pelvic exams are not a useful screening tool for healthy women, and can even be harmful.

More details here.

See also:
http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-pelvic-exams-20140701-story.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/06/30/new-guideline-lets-says-most-healthy-women-can-skip-pelvic-exam/Jyb6ActVVrHldTviEeHqHO/story.html

I have been saying for YEARS that there's no evidence for pelvic exams in asymptomatic people (see my posting history), but I am so frustrated that so many people continue to be coerced into something that can be highly traumatic and invasive yet has so little value. There is probably also a link between all these pelvic exams and the fact that the US has double the hysterectomy rate of other developed countries. Even with this most recent statement I doubt clinicians will stop (and most clients will still feel like they have to go along with it).
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