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Pelvic Exam Sexually Abused Handle
I am scared of having a pelvic exam because I was sexually abused as a child. How can I handle it?
Tell Your Doctor!: Your ob/gyn physician will have experience treating patients with a history of childhood sexual abuse, and he or she can help you through it by discussing the details of the procedure beforehand and doing whatever you need to feel comfortable, including having people you trust with you for the exam. Inform your doctor well in advance of the exam and you can create a plan for the office visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more
Memory flashes suggest i was sexually abused as a kid. If true, could it have caused lax ligaments in si joints/pelvis? Sacrum slips in/out of place.
Severe phobia of intimate medical exams (especially pelvic exams and such) due to previous sexual abuse. What can I do? Therapy didn't help :-(
Xanax before exam: In situations like these, i will typically provide a med such as xanax or Lorazepam or valium prior to the exam. It's taken approximately one hour prior to the exam and someone should be with you to drive you home in case you are over sedated. It will calm down the anxiety and hopefully allow you to get through the exam without any major complications.Your family doc or gyn can prescribe it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an ultrasound substitute pelvic exams? I have a phobia of pelvic exams becz of previous sexual abuse?
No but U/S can help: Sorry to hear about your abuse. Hopefully you getting help to help heal from that. An ultrasound can be an adjuvant to pelvic exam but shouldn't replace it. Maybe ask your family, friends, colleagues if they know of a compassionate, gentle physician/practitioner who can perform the exam. Discuss it first also with whatever practioner before hand so they know the situation and can help you through ...Read more
Do obstetricians get mad when women refuse pelvic exams or ask for c sections because of previous trauma and sexual abuse?
Refusing exam: You should never be afraid or ashamed to discuss your preferences. When choosing a doctor call and ask about sexual trauma experience / or request a referral from a therapist / rape hotline/support group. Every doctor is different choose one that respects and works with you. Seek counseling about your trauma and how it reframed life, Some procedures are important like PAPs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i refuse all pelvic exams if i opt for C-section 'phobia of birth, sexual abuse, over sensitivity'?
You have rights: Which allow you to defer any examination. But remember an OB make choose not to care for you if you don't allow for appropriate monitoring due to the dangers that stem from this. Someone needs to monitor your cervical health during pregnancy as it provides doctors with important information, particularly if something concerning is happening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If sexually abused at age 4-9 yrs old, by older males cause any permament damages to any nervous in that area?
Physical damage: I'm so sorry to hear that this has happened to you. Depending on what specifically was done and how invasive it was, a young girl could be anatomically injured by an older male. It might be difficult at 49 to relate nerve damage to specific childhood events, but please speak with your obgyn physician about any current concerns. Please know that emotional recovery is always possible via therapy. ...Read more
YES: We humans have a remarkable ability to put painful memories in a "vault" in our mind.This does , unfortunately , have a bad habit of hurting us later in life.We drink, risk take, use drugs and a host of other bad actions to deal with the trauma of that abuse.Recommend a mental health professional to help with this issue. ...Read more
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