It’s legal in the majority of the US for medical students to perform educational pelvic exams on anesthetized patients without their knowledge. Amy Jo Goddard has been working for years to put a stop to this practice and is producing a documentary on the issue called At Your Cervix. In this conversation, she tells us how unbelievably prevalent this practice is. She also gives accounts from women this has happened to and from medical students uncomfortable with this requirement but afraid to jeopardize their grades by refusing. We also learn about the dark history of gynecology, the work Amy Jo has done to help make these exams illegal in certain parts of the US, how Gynecological Teaching Assistants can give better training to students, plus she gives tips on how we can protect ourselves when we’re in the care of medical professionals.
(Content note: If you’re a survivor of sexual assault-- especially in a medical context or someone who has had prior medical procedures under anesthesia, some of what we discuss may be difficult to hear. I want you to know that before listening and reassure you that even if you’re a die-hard American Sex fan never miss an episode, it’s fine to sit this one out. Your well being is important us ❤️ )
Sunny Ken, xo!
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