I'm 21 and just became sexually active early this year. pelvic exams are unbearable due to another medical issue I have (endometriosis) so I have on my records to not do pelvic exams. my yearly exam schedule is in a few weeks but I don't want to do a pap. can you refuse them? this is the first time I ever needed one due to my age guideline and the fact that I'm having sex
You can refuse. There may be issues with insurance or whatever, but they can't force you to have a pelvic exam in order to have the other parts of a physical exam. That said, it is just plain stupid to avoid pelvic exams, especially if you are sexually active. Even if you believe your partner when he says he is clean and doesn't cheat, etc.. Reread how #whattothink responded to you. There are ways to do them and reduce the pain and/or fear. So often I hear people saying why can't they find a cure for such-and-such. Until they do find more cures, people have simple ways to avoid getting some diseases and catching things early when they do get them. So when you find yourself in the situation of the girl #whattothink mentioned, don't complain that life cheated you. You have the tools now.
Sorry about the endometriosis, I knew someone with that, but you can refuse anything that the hospital or doctors request, because it is your body, but if you let them know that it is painful, they can usually make the efforts to minimise the pain, have you considered laser treatment for the endo metriosis, aparently its a lot better these days,x
You can refuse any medical treatment. If you don't have a reasonable excuse for refusing it though, a psych evaluation can override your right to refuse. A pelvic exam isn't very likely to go that far though.
I would recommend that you do consult your doctor about long term management of your condition, and try very hard to stay on top of it as your fertility could be affected down the line.
You prob could but most insurance companies won't cover your birth control unless you get a yearly exam. I highly recommend you get it still since you are sexually active. You never know if you could develop cervical cancer or something and left untreated can be fatal. Maybe your doctor can provide you with some sort of sedative before hand to make you not as tense and ease the pain
I've been told by my doctor many times that they don't do paps for at least 3 years until after you start having sex.
I mean unless you really can't do it then you should because that's how doctors find cancer and make sure there are no other problems in there. But if you need to as the patient I think you have the right to refuse. I don't see the use in going to the gyno if your not going to get one.