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.

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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 (alprazolam) before exam. In situations like these, i will typically provide a med such as xanax (alprazolam) 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 more...
Tell your OBG/YN. Tell your doctor about your history. You may want to work with a female doctor. They should explain each step of the procedures to you. If therapy did not help consider trying with another therapist. There are also support groups for survivors of sexual abuse that can be helpful. The process takes time and developing trust is hard for survivors. Don't give up you deserve to feel better. Read more...

Can I refuse all pelvic exams if I opt for C-section 'phobia of birth, sexual abuse, over sensitivity'?

Trust. The real and right answer is no. Not if you want ideal health care and to prevent cancer, and other diseases in your future. As a survivor of serial abuse can I speak honestly and frankly that, as you have done with your partner, building trust and feeling compassion and understanding, with a good and expert medical professional may help you get past this. Please be willing to at least listen. Read more...
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 more...
Your body, you d-sid. Ultimately, you have dominion over you body. That said, your doctors may refuse to honor your request since it is not medically sound judgement. I would strongly advise you to see a therapist and really deal with these issues so that you do not choose surgical procedures that put you at increased risk without needing it. Also, find a compassionate understanding GYN. It makes huge difference. 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 more...
Proper Care. I am sorry for your previous trauma and abuse. It would be very important to make sure you receive counseling and care to help you deal with your previous trauma. Caring properly for a pregnancy and protecting you and your baby will probably require pelvic exams even if you request a C-section. Search for a physician that will be sensitive to your situation and help you have a healthy pregnancy. Read more...

Would a pelvic exam show signs of sexual abuse that happened years ago?

Pelvic exam years ag. Hello, this may be somewhat of long term length of time when sexual abuse occurred. It may be difficult to prove who was the perpetrator and what damage and pain occurred. This may involve legal counsel. Read more...
Most often=no. Sexual abuse comes in many forms with the more common perpetrator leaving little if any evidence behind. This differs from aggressive sexual assault, where there may be ripping of tissues that require surgical repair/ leave scars. Read more...