- Gyn to young woman who had an ovarian cyst, had missed a period, and wasn’t pregnant.
– OBGYN at annual exam to mother who was 5 months postpartum. The doctor spent a large amount of time trying to convince the mother to go on birth control pills to force her body to menstruate.
“Okay, I’ll let you slide this time, but if you keep refusing exams, I won’t be able to prescribe you birth control. If I want to do a pap next year and you refuse, I can’t keep giving you birth control.”
- Gyn to a 17 year old young woman getting birth control for the first time, after she refused a “routine” breast exam.
Woman being seen for unexplained pelvic pain: “No.”
Gyn: “Have you ever been sexually active before?”
Gyn: “Okay, no worries – I’ll ask the nurse to bring us the smallest speculum we have to examine you. I don’t want you to be uncomfortable, especially as this is your first exam.”
The smallest speculum could not be found, and the gyn then said…
Gyn: “That’s not a problem – we don’t have to use a speculum today for the exam. Let’s just make sure that you’re comfortable today and if we need to do a further exam, that can be on a later date – whenever’s best for you.”
OB/Gyn at yearly exam: “Still breastfeeding?”
Mother: “Yes, I am breastfeeding my 15 month old and my 2 year old.”
OB/Gyn: “That is great! It really helps reduce your chances for breast cancer!”
“By the way, happy birthday for tomorrow”
- OB/Gyn in the middle of a pap smear, with the speculum still inserted.
“Alright, let’s see why this old cow isn’t freshening.”
- OB/Gyn to mother who shared that she had been experiencing infertility for the past five years.
“Western medicine performs too many PAP smears. Especially on teenagers who have barely been sexually active. It is good to check in and discuss overall health, but, especially if you have never had an abnormal pap and you have been in the same monogamous relationship for longer than 5 years, with no abnormalities there is no reason to come in more than once every 3 years.” – OB/Gyn to woman patient.