I understand that care providers need to follow up as a CYA, and because some of them care. However, there's a difference between polietly following up, and harrassment if a patient chooses to decline testing, yk? Like, those postcards reminding you it's time for a physical are fine, but calling repeatedly if they don't come in is unacceptable. If a patient declines treatment, then calling and telling them they are stupid and going to die is unacceptable (happened to a friend of mine).
My former doctor was great, he had a section on your patient application/info sheet that said something like " I would like to opt out of receiving reminders for yearly checkups/pap exams". I checked the box
Nice to not be "reminded", lol.
My current doctor doesn't harass me about not getting a pap smear. I don't do them. I have multiple reasons, and I'm not going to get into too much depth about them because I've made an educated, informed decision and will not argue it
My main reason is risk vs. benefit, my alternative views on diseases and treatment, and the accuracy of the tests themselves.
It is interesting to me that so many women on this thread question everything (formula, disposeables, vaxes, circing, hospital birth, etc) but have never questioned "routine, necessary" womens health. How many care providers inform of the risks of pap smears (however slight they may seem compared to the supposed risks of not having one done)?
I am for totally informed consent, and many doctors simply don't inform.