Most women would describe a pelvic exam as "uncomfortable" at best, "painful and humiliating" at worst, but that doesn't have to be the case. The documentary At Your Cervix (trailer above) discusses how the unethical methods used to teach students to perform pelvic exams actually train them poorly in a procedure should be pain-free. Some medical and nursing student are required to perform breast and pelvic exams on each other in front of their teachers, and in some teaching hospitals, students practice on unconscious, unconsenting patients who come in for other procedures.The film also highlights a program that gets it right, the New York City Gynecological Teach Associates, in which specially trained women talk medical students through a pelvic exam on their own bodies. The independent film still needs to raise money for the editing and distribution process; you can learn more here.
At Your Cervix [Official Site]
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