Examinations

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Examinations

Hello

Can I ask please if by having a C-Section you avoid internal examinations - or are you still examined 'there'. If you are, what is the best way of pregnancy/birth without them?

Thanks

Fran

CrysRee31's picture
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I don't think there is really any way around pelvic exams during pregnancy. I don't think that is something you can completely avoid.

Prudence's picture
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Actually, internals are not truly 'necessary' in a healthy pregnancy from what I've read over the years...

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/vaginal-exams

If there is a reason why you are uncomfortable with internal exams- say abuse or whatnot- I'd really suggest talking to your doctor or midwife and expressing your fears/concerns. If your doc/midwife aren't willing to listen to you or you don't feel comfortable with them, now is the time to find a different doc/midwife. Good luck regardless.

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What about an unassisted birth? I know you run certain risks, but at least there are no examinations and, well, in the UK at least, it seems to be increasing popular.

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I'd recommend you start looking up the home birth board here (I'm not sure the name of it anymore) and ask those ladies. For me- you'd have to be extremely comfortable with your body and know the ins and outs of labors to do an unassisted birth, but that's JMHO Smile Good luck!

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You can absolutely avoid all internal exams when pregnant. There is no good reason to do them. I had my last baby with no exams....not while pregnant and not while in labor. My MW doesn't do them unless you specifically request one and give her a good reason to do one.....

It is your body and even while in the hospital or under the care of an OB you have to CONSENT to letting a physician put his hands into your body. Just decline the consent.

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I think it depends on who will be delivering you, for instance if you're being delivered by a MW internal exams may not be necessary. But seeing as though you're definitely having another c-section, you obviously have to be delivered by an OB, and in that case I believe internal exams are the norm. It's just something you'll have to discuss with your doc. Mine didn't do them until I was 36 weeks, and then only to see if I was dilated at all. They're not uncomfortable... at least not to me.

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If you are having a vaginal delivery they will likely check you at some point. I declined checks at my doctor but they did check once I got to the hospital. They checked my dilation and if the fluid was a result of my water breaking. A MW might let you go longer but in a hospital, they might have procedures to follow. Also, if you want pain medication, they will want to check you because most places want you at 3 cm before they will give an epidural.

Are you wanting to avoid just internals or any checking down there?

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The more I read replies to this topic, the angrier I get... And it has nothing to do with the actual replies except for the fact that most women are willing to do whatever just because a doctor says you need to... I know I usually do!

You know what? It is YOUR body. When you are at your doctor's or at the hospital, you DO have every right to decline any thing done to YOUR body within reason.

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I was thinking the same thing, Prudence.

YOU always get to choose who puts what into your body. If you don't get a choice, that is assault.

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An individual is the one in charge of his/her own body and medical care, as far as I'm concerned. I had a regular pap at the beginning of my pregnancy and then one at my 6 week check-up. I had a cesarean for breech baby and did not have any down there exams at the hospital before or after the c/s. I could have refused to go in for my 6 week check-up or just refused the exam.

I'm going to have to agree with Audra on this and say that women (and men) are in charge of their own medical care, not the doctors. Doctors can make recommendations, but cannot force you have have exams or undergo any proceedures you don't want.