1/ Seemingly endless reports coming in - women's grotesque gynaecological experiences on @NHSuk

Lied to, minimised, dismissed, mocked, belittled, scorned by health care professionals

Refusal to believe women's first hand authoritative accounts of how these procedures TRULY feel

Failure to see women as needing or having any right to pain management

Callous, total lack of empathy, refusal to respond to women's pain
'Was told I was being “dramatic” by female doctor & nurse'

'Last time I spoke to female GP she basically told me as a woman I should expect this'

'I had a hysteroscopy and the male consultant was furious I had the anesthetic when he told me I didn't need it'
'Vomited and passed out after procedure, and felt like I’d made a fuss'

'When I told the GP that the procedure was causing significant pain, she asked if I was a virgin insisting if not that I must be exaggerating'
'crying and begging her to stop...she carried on. Then said she couldn't find it and walked out. Left me alone in the room crying on the bed. Trauma'

'was told to relax and that it was me not relaxing causing the pain (doctor was female!)'
'My (female) gynecologist looked at me funny and said I must have a very low threshold of pain'

'I screamed and both doctor and nurse just continued like I was not there"

'When I called the drs for help they talked to me as if I was stupid, assuming I was lying'
'She kept telling me that there are no pain receptors there so I shouldn’t be writhing in pain'

'Female practice nurse giving me a smear test last year looked at me with scorn as I was yelping with pain and said ‘it’s not supposed to hurt’ and carried on going'
'Nurses lost paperwork to top up my morphine, and laughed at me when I was crying'

The old lie that being a woman = living with pain'

This has to end
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15 May
Hysteroscopy: excellent treatment when done with respect & compassion for patient, without financial and convenience issues & outdated attitudes to women getting in the way. A thread:

#Anaesthetics have been available since the century before last.

Men are given local or general anaesthetic for #prostatecancer biopsies as a matter of course.

So why do women continue to be subjected to #gynaecological torture? Misogyny in action?
Hysteroscopy is SURGERY - anaesthesia, relaxation and pain management should be the norm, not the exception.

And as it's surgery, involving cutting and blood, doing it in an office with patient & #gynaecologist in their outdoor clothes is a hygiene disaster waiting to happen.
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