A lesbian's gynecologist encounter sparks a vital conversation on body autonomy, highlighting societal norms and outdated views.
We always look to doctors for their reliable medical advice. But there is a fine line that exists between getting useful medical advice and being denied procedures because of their outdated views. A woman named Rachel, @RachChamp_, amassed a large viewership on X (previously Twitter) two years back for sharing her experience with a gynecologist who informed her that she could not get a certain procedure done because of a certain view he held. The post has gained 406K likes on social media and over 4.1K comments.
Can’t believe that today a gynaecologist told me that a hysterectomy wouldn’t be considered as an option for my debilitating period pain on the off chance that I divorce my wife, my sexual orientation changes, I meet a man and decide I want children 🙃🙃🙃— rachel (@RachChamp_) November 1, 2021
The woman wanted to get a hysterectomy to alleviate her period pains. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a hysterectomy is essentially a procedure that involves removing the uterus. After it's done, one cannot get pregnant and no longer have periods. People consider the surgery for many reasons, from abnormal bleeding to cancer. Interestingly, the doctor could have denied doing the procedure because of legitimate medical reasons. Instead, he reasoned that Rachel could potentially divorce her wife, change her sexual orientation and then meet a man with whom she would want to have children.
It’s worth adding that I’m 27 and I’ve had severe pain since I first got my period when I was 10. I’ve had two surgeries (1 with ovarian drilling), tried three different contraceptive pills, the mirena coil, and have tried every combination of painkillers. Nothing has helped.— rachel (@RachChamp_) November 2, 2021
It goes to show just how backward certain people's perspectives are even today. The woman further shared that she was 27 years old at the time and had been feeling immense pain whenever she got her periods starting from the age of 10. This was not the first time she sought professional medical help for the problem. The woman shares, "I've had two surgeries (1 with ovarian drilling), tried three different contraceptive pills, the Mirena coil, and have tried every combination of painkillers. Nothing has helped."
Important to mention that he did not give me any medical reason why I could not have a hysterectomy. He told me it isn’t an option because I’m too young, the pain I’m in is clouding my judgement and my life circumstances may change. No medical reason why it’s not an option.— rachel (@RachChamp_) November 3, 2021
She asked the gynecologist for any medical backing for his advice, which he couldn't provide. The man simply stated that it was not an option because she was too young and that the pain from her periods was clouding her decision-making skills. The woman had no trust in this doctor and decided to go ahead and get it scanned. She replied to her original thread with an update on the test result. The test diagnosed her with adenomyosis and polycystic ovarian morphology.
The vindication I feel right now. pic.twitter.com/TorTuQBt4C— rachel (@RachChamp_) December 17, 2021
According to the Mayo Clinic, Adenomyosis is a peculiar condition where the tissue that usually lines the uterus begins growing into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue behaves normally during menstruation. But, this condition results in an enlarged uterus, which can cause painful and heavy periods. Polycystic ovarian morphology (PCOM) is a condition where ovulatory disorder and oligomenorrhea are present due to hypothalamic, pituitary, and ovarian dysfunction according to BioMed Central
A (male) doctor once explained to my friend how she might want children sometime, so she could not get a hysterectomy, and when she mentioned adoption as an option if that became the case, he told her that adoption just isn't the same.— ViviArt - (18+) (@VivJaye) November 2, 2021
My friend, *who is adopted*
Finally, she received the news that she would have to get a hysterectomy and described feeling vindicated. People also found the doctor's suggestion unnecessary and not at all professional, so they shared their insights in the comments section. @emerce said, "I cannot understand why gynecologists defend the reproductive rights of random hypothetical future husbands over the rights to a healthy, pain-free life for their own very real, present patients. @MarkBourrie commented, "Your gynecologist should know there are lots of easier ways to get pregnant. But doctors never listen to women anyway."