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Holding Birth Control Hostage

7:30 pm - 04/30/2012
Doctors still require women to submit to cancer screenings and pelvic exams to get birth control pills. Scientists say that shouldn't happen.

Recently, my doctor gave me an ultimatum: Come in for a pelvic exam, or I won't refill your birth control pills. The problem arose after I tried to get my prescription refilled before going on vacation in March, only to be told that the doctor's office wouldn't sign off on the refill because it had been a year and one month since I'd had an annual exam and a Pap smear. A nurse grudgingly gave me a monthlong reprieve if I promised to come in for an exam when I returned from my trip.

I really, really didn't want to go in for an exam. I've had two kids, a false positive Pap test and all the ensuing misery that comes with it, and spent enough time in the stirrups to last a lifetime. All I really wanted were my pills; I was pretty sure the exam could wait another year or more.

The science was on my side.

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possiblyevil 1st-May-2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
So are doctors really going to make me have a pelvic exam and pap smear just to get BC? :/

I couldn't look at my usual clinic for nearly a year without feeling sick after my first pap smear, but I can't stand dealing with my period anymore. It's making me ill and miserable...
mingemonster 1st-May-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
people (and i think you know who i'm talking about...) really love finding reasons to put things in us against our will, huh?
maenads_dance 1st-May-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
I can't help but be amused about this. Tying a pap smear to birth control prescriptions is a public health measure. The idea is, how do we make sure a population is screened for health problems? Tie the screening to a popular prescription, so people are motivated to get the exam.

I read a lot of people saying that the exam is unnecessary -- and if it is, great! God knows pelvic exams are unpopular. They've never bothered me, but that's just me, I'm not speaking for anyone else.

But what's definitely coming up is how unpopular pap smears are. And what if pap smears were medically necessary, as they've long been thought to be? How would you ensure that people get the necessary screening exam done if said people really hate the exam?

It's a moral quandary that's a bit more complex than people are making it out to be. Personal liberty isn't the only issue.
mirhanda 1st-May-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
So what is the "popular prescription" we've tied prostate screening to? It's not viagra or any other impotence drug, I know that for a fact. I also know that almost every man who undergoes an autopsy after age 65 has prostate cancer regardless of what he died of.
illusivevenstar 1st-May-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I can't help but be amused about this.

You think women speaking about how traumatizing these exams are...is amusing?

What in the fuck.
zombieroadtrip 2nd-May-2012 10:43 am (UTC)
How would you ensure that people get the necessary screening exam done if said people really hate the exam?

You let people make their own decisions for their health care precautions like the adults they are.
illusivevenstar 1st-May-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
They are holding medication hostage until I submit to an incredibly invasive exam.

Luckily, my GP gives me my BC even when I refuse the exam. That is definitely not common. Bless her.

And to the women who think these exams aren't a big deal and how they don't bother you, good for YOU. Don't tell me how to feel about them. Thanks.
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