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Can I refuse cervical exams?

I find them dehumanizing, uncomfortable, pointless and a little depressing. Do I have the right to not be checked for dilation and effacement?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:39 AM on Apr. 15, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (9)
  • YES! i'm 22 wks along and have not had one yet! it's your body darlin.
    ombrooklyn

    Answer by ombrooklyn at 10:32 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Yeah, I guess. Not so sure it is safe for the baby expecially in the delivery room.
    KARRIEMARIE

    Answer by KARRIEMARIE at 9:40 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • You have the right to refuse. Your doctor may not be too happy about it, but it's your choice. Maybe, suggest he doesn't do them at every visit.
    mamaada

    Answer by mamaada at 9:42 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Well I meant at OB appointments. I only have 2 left before my due date but I'm tired of strangers sticking their fingers in places best reserved for my husband if at all.

    But thank you =)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • You can always refuse medical care, but I'm not sure that would effect the birth... but there's got to be other options. Talk to your OB about it.
    Crystal1124

    Answer by Crystal1124 at 9:44 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • I don't want to fight with my doctors but I really hate these exams.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:47 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • You can refuse. Not having the cervical exam at appointments will not cause complications for you or your baby. You only really need them during labor and only to make sure you actually are dilating.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:49 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • You can refuse anything you want
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 9:51 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Thank you. As long as I know I can or it's legal I will feel better about refusing.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 AM on Apr. 15, 2009