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A lesbian woman took to Twitter to share a shocking experience with her gynecologist that delegitimized her sexuality.
Twitter user @RachChamp_ expressed her frustration on the platform after claiming a medical professional refused giving her a hysterectomy in case she separates from her wife in the future and decides she wants kids with a man.
“Can’t believe that today a gynecologist told me that a hysterectomy wouldn’t be considered as an option for my debilitating period pain on the off chance that I divorce my wife, my sexual orientation changes, I meet a man and decide I want children,” Rachel wrote.
Can’t believe that today a gynaecologist told me that a hysterectomy wouldn’t be considered as an option for my deb… https://t.co/c1tfpNiXrb
Rachel gave further context in a follow up tweet, “It’s worth adding that I’m 27 and I’ve had severe pain since I first got my period when I was 10. I’ve had two surgeries (1 with ovarian drilling), tried three different contraceptive pills, the mirena coil, and have tried every combination of painkillers. Nothing has helped.”
Not only is this experience extremely frustrating to read, but it also reinforces the idea that a woman’s body serves—above all else—as a means to have kids. There’s plenty of women who never want children. Not to mention, there’s tons of options for those that do want kids that doesn’t involve them being pregnant. It’s 2021 after all.
Moreover, if someone is saying they are experiencing ‘debilitating’ pain, has tried both surgeries and medicine with no relief, the doctor’s comments on their personal life are not only inappropriate but also unwarranted.
In the replies, many Twitter users shared their own infuriating past experience with their doctor.
“It’s ridiculous. My friend wanted tubes tied after her SEVENTH kid. Not allowed because at age 31 she is too young and might want more. SEVEN,” wrote one user.
@RachChamp_ It’s ridiculous. My friend wanted tubes tied after her SEVENTH kid. Not allowed because at age 31 she i… https://t.co/kL0Jk7EJ0H
Others used Rachel’s story to advocate for women receiving better, less intrusive, medical treatment.
“We shouldn't have to fight for medical care, if a hysterectomy is an effective treatment for a medical condition then all doctors should need is your consent. It's almost like they think women don't understand what it is! Why do we need anyone else's consent for needed treatment.”
@RachChamp_ We shouldn't have to fight for medical care, if a hysterectomy is an effective treatment for a medical… https://t.co/akNDWjf5hA