https://t.co/60w0yzOZme website of the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy (Facebook) https://t.co/hhBkXBDU3m
Oct 3, 2021 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
Links to women's lived experiences of @NHSuk outpatient #hysteroscopy without anaesthetic follow in this thread.
Difficult reading - but essential to understand what is being done in gynaecology today.
'My scream sounded unearthly to me, like an animal in terrible pain. Part of my inside was being cut without any anaesthetic. I am 73 years old'
Everyone is aiming to save lives and detect and beat cancer. Fantastic!
NHS staff are there for us in these mad times - but they're under huge pressures, having to meet targets, including financial.
There is an institutionalised false mindset that 'being a woman = living with pain', which means that women's pain is known to be taken less seriously than men's.
Oct 1, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Thread: Going to a gynae outpatient appointment, whether you've been given advance warning/info about a #hysteroscopy or not?
If the gynae says they want to do it there and then, or even just says anything casual like 'I'd just like to take a little look, get a little sample …'
"Are you talking hysteroscopy without anaesthestic?
I've read countless reports by women subjected to this barbaric procedure.
The answer is no.
I will require my surgery to be carried out under hygienic operating theatre conditions with humane anaesthetic."
Sep 30, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Thread: Reactions to fear/pain can be complex and mixed.
You've heard of fight or flight, but there's more to it.
And for those of us who've experienced #hysteroscopy without anaesthestic, it's all very familiar:
Fight - getting angry, getting loud, challenging, doing something to defend, protect, prevent