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Location: Where the wild things are.....
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It sounds like, from your later post, that you may run into resistance if you want to refuse the next vaginal exam.....is that correct? It may be helpful to have a few phrases to use, to have your wishes respected (if you truly want to avoid these exams)
"Before I allow an exam this time, I want to discuss exactly what information you are hoping to get."
(We want to see how far dilated and/or effaced your cervix is)
"So, what I hear you saying is that by checking my cervix, you want to see if I am dilated or effaced. How does this information effect my care at this point? Will this tell us when my labor will start? Will it gives us an indication of my or my baby's health? Is there evidence that this information is generally helpful? Or, does the information really not gives us any conclusive information?"
(Insert their answer)
"I see. Well, at this point, I am going to forego the exam. If there is an apparent and obvious need for one at a later time, then I would be willing to discuss it then."
If they give you any flack, just be a broken record~
"No thank you, I am going to forego the exam at this time."
"I understand it is policy, but I am going to forego the exam at this time. Should there be an obvious need later, than we can certainly reconsider."
DO NOT take your pants off!!!! If the nurse brings you back, and then goes to get the doctor, leave your pants on!!!! They can't do a vaginal exam if your pants are still on.