"painful woman health exams"
About: North Middlesex Hospital / Gynaecology North Middlesex Hospital Gynaecology N18 1QX
Posted by morgane (as ),
unlike ada17 I did not go through a biopsy or hysterectomy but her comment on the way doctors responded to her pain rang a bell as I have been told repeatedly for various gynaecological exams (use of speculums, cervical screening smear, internal manual exam, transvaginal ultrasound...) "that most women supported the procedure well".
This "is it not painful" speech given to patients is a lie when told before the procedure and a huge disrespect when told as a response to patients complaining of pain.
like ada17 i would like medical staff to
-give better information on the level of pain associated with various medical procedures
-offer adequate painkillers when possible
-listen and respect patients complaints and request rather than dismissing it
-survey all patients (even the ones that looked fine or did not complain) on the level of pain/discomfort they felt during the procedure in order to gather accurate data
it is way to easy to shame individual patients when they complain about pain and claim that a certain procedure is "generally not painful" when there is no measure or actual statistic on it. I also have to point out that I have experienced this for all the gynaecological exams I have been submitted to but not when having blood test, stitches, broken bones...