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Keeping Politicians Out of the Exam Room

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As ob/gyns, we care for patients with a variety of gynecologic and reproductive health issues that can be emotionally charged and intensely private. Although gynecologic health issues are medical issues as are headaches or sprained ankles, the extent to which individuals want to talk openly about them varies. In our offices, patients share their fears, their pains, and their hopes, and discuss their sexuality, their gender identity, and their sexual behaviors. We talk with preteens about puberty, with teens about their periods, with women who are excited to be pregnant, and with those who are not. We talk to women who have never told anyone about a past sexual assault. We talk with women who are facing infertility or the need for a hysterectomy. Our patients know we will listen to and treat them with dignity and provide accurate health education that enables them to be a partner in their health care decisions.

Three recent pieces of legislation…

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