You don't need that annual pelvic exa...

You don't need that annual pelvic exam. So why is your doctor giving you one?

There are 26 comments on the Reuters story from Aug 6, 2014, titled You don't need that annual pelvic exam. So why is your doctor giving you one?. In it, Reuters reports that:

In June, the American College of Physicians reported what many doctors have known for years : There is little justification for the widespread practice of the annual pelvic exam.

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News Ferret

Scunthorpe, UK

#1 Aug 6, 2014
In June, the American College of Physicians (ACP) reported what many doctors have known for years: There is little justification for the widespread practice of the annual pelvic exam. In its clinical guidelines, the physicians group recommended against performing the exams for non-pregnant women who don’t have pelvic pain or other symptoms that suggest a gynecologic problem. These guidelines do not apply to Pap smears for cervical cancer screening, for which there is strong evidence for their continued use. They apply to the pelvic exam, where the clinician first uses a speculum to perform an internal exam, and then with his or her hands, feels for pelvic organs.

Men do it for two reason, money and use your imagination.
CHRIS

Needham Heights, MA

#2 Aug 6, 2014
Why do they do it ? Because he can !
News Ferret

Scunthorpe, UK

#3 Aug 6, 2014
Done for money, rest becomes more obvious after reading media news, could be visa vera though, but that money is the route of all evil
JxP7280

Aurora, CO

#4 Aug 6, 2014
Why would a normal man or lisbian woman ever turn away a paid opportunity to feel up, grope and finger a willing woman or girl.

They should be the ones who know the best real need for these exams, but as they benefit financially by doing them, they are the worst source for an unbiased opinion.

Kinda like asking the fox that's guarding the hen house, "Do we need you?"
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#5 Aug 6, 2014
"Fox guarding the hen house," is the perfect analogy. PERFECT !!!
News Ferret

Scunthorpe, UK

#6 Aug 7, 2014
A doctor has been arrested and charged with historical serious sexual offences against two girls under the age of 16.

Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill, 61, from Tasburgh, Norfolk, has been charged with two counts of rape and four of gross indecency.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-...
JxP7280

United States

#7 Aug 22, 2014
CHRIS wrote:
"Fox guarding the hen house," is the perfect analogy. PERFECT !!!
Thank you Chris
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#8 Aug 22, 2014
JxP7280 wrote:
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Thank you Chris
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Your welcome
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#10 Aug 23, 2014
When you think about it the female nurse is the "guard dog protecting the sheep." What does that say about male gyn's ? Another female (chaperone) MUST be present during pelvic exams. My w/f see's a female OB and she never has anyone else in the room, what does that say ? My w/f and I could "CARE LESS" that nobody else is in the room.
pailrider

Scunthorpe, UK

#11 Aug 29, 2014
Board Title.....MONEY...perverts.!! Men self gratification lie through teeth.
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#12 Aug 30, 2014
Its amazing how some female "male gyno lovers"' justify the pelvic exam. They say, " It's not fun having a speculum put up there and having your cervix scrapped." No kidding ! They conveinatly leave out the two lubed fingers (like a lover would do) inserted into them and feeling all around and or the delicate touch of the breast and n!pple exam. If this isn't foreplay, I don't know what else's to call it.The fact that they ONLY speak of the pap smear is, the worst part is very telling . IMO
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#13 Aug 30, 2014
When people only talk about the worst parts of being an OB , disease, not clean, etc, that's also very telling. OBs see younger woman of child bearing age. A lot of these exams are either on young healthy asymptomatic woman, or younger woman who are pregnant. Think about it yourself, when my wf was pregnant I sat in waiting room with her. I saw younger woman who were clean and well dressed. We've all been taught to shower or brush our teeth before seeing the doctor or dentists havn't we ? I'm sure there are some exceptions, I just havn't seen them. Unless your talking about the E.R. that's a whole entire story . I'll give it to you , it happens there. But, we're talking about OB doctors, not E.R. doctors.
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#14 Aug 30, 2014
The ACOG president is Jennings, the new president "elect" is MARK Defrensco. Yes , another man. Give me a break !
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#15 Aug 30, 2014
To quate a woman from "woman eyes only ." The male doctors are desperately trying to "cling" on to the useless bimanual exam, Ain't that the truth.Just look at the guidliness from the male run ACOG , they are the ONLY group still recommending the bimanual. Give it a break guys, your so "busted." The ACS. CDC. WHO. ACP, all say it's useless in asymptomatic woman. You men are pathetic !
CHRIS

Bristol, CT

#16 Aug 30, 2014
Obgyn Robert Hadden out of presbyterian Columbia hospital NY has been charged with multiply counts of sexual assault on several of his patients. It just keeps going on and on !
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#17 Aug 30, 2014
CHRIS wrote:
Obgyn Robert Hadden out of presbyterian Columbia hospital NY has been charged with multiply counts of sexual assault on several of his patients. It just keeps going on and on !
Which includes, "oral sex," Believe it or not. Why not former obgyn , now convict , Bruse Smith, had pen!le sex (rape) with a patient on the exam bed.
pailrider

Scunthorpe, UK

#18 Aug 30, 2014
Amber English was looking for a new job when her mother said their neighbor, the silver-haired doctor, was hiring.

Then 26, English started as a medical assistant for Dr. William Dando in the spring of 2012, helping him with laser surgeries and other cosmetic procedures he had begun performing at his longtime family practice on Frederick Road in Catonsville. But something didn't seem quite right — she felt uncomfortable around him and noticed that he flirted with patients.

She learned more from a departing colleague who texted: "I think you might want to take a look at this." Attached was a link to a news article from Dando's days as a medical resident in Florida some 25 years earlier, showing that he had been convicted of following a woman home, climbing through her kitchen window and raping her at gunpoint.

Though the article could be found on the Internet with just a few keystrokes, Dando's criminal past was unknown to state health officials until this spring, when a patient at an urgent-care center near Cumberland accused him of an April sexual assault over which he has been indicted.

Now, as Dando prepares to stand trial for those allegations, new details from a Baltimore Sun investigation show that on at least five separate occasions, state health regulators, a medical certification board and employers either did not investigate his past or did not see any red flags when they looked — enabling him to continue practicing.

Maryland Health Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein has acknowledged that Dando wouldn't have received a medical license from the state had officials known details of the rape conviction when he applied in 1996.

That conviction went unnoticed when he applied for a University of Maryland residency program, earned board certification and obtained a state medical license. It never came up when the state put Dando's license on probation for writing improper prescriptions. And it didn't raise an alarm when his most recent employer, MedExpress Urgent Care Center, conducted a background check

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sun...
pailrider

Scunthorpe, UK

#19 Sep 9, 2014
Board heading, money, male docs get double prize!
TRUTH

Memphis, TN

#20 Sep 12, 2014
I do not get it. I have tried to convince my girlfriend that she only needs a pap every 3 years but she is brain washed into believing that it should be annually. Why are so many women willing to allow a male practitioner to preform such an intimate exam on them when they have other options? Women know all to well how the male brain works...education or position do not alter how a man thinks. Men are visual in every aspect. My GF has admitted to me that she is sure her former male gyno thoroughly enjoyed the exam and digital rape that he was allowed to preform on her in the name of medicine. Yet she had no problem going to him until I requested she find a female doc. There is not one heterosexual male on this planet that would not enjoy being able to examine and probe women in such an intimate fashion. Again...I DO NOT GET IT!!!
CHRIS

Bedford, MA

#21 Sep 13, 2014
If you google gynecology wiki and read it , pretty interesting . Read the sections , gender of doctors and "code of ethics sexuall assault cases." I'm happy to see the truth getting out there.

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