Big Issue readers react to articles on hysteroscopies, the gender pain gap, voting out Jacob Rees-Mogg and the climate crisis.
Hysteroscopy was ‘sheer agony with no pain relief’
Thank you for raising awareness of women’s experiences of hysteroscopy. I am one of those women. I had always trusted what a doctor told me and thought that I could manage “the possible mild period-like cramping pain” that I might experience. How wrong was I! Sheer agony with no pain relief offered and then held down while the doctor removed the scope. As a result of this experience I no longer attend for any screening that involves potential internal examinations, hence the bowel screening kit has gone in the bin this week… do they honestly think that I could trust what I’m told? Women should not have to die for want of appropriate pain relief for a procedure that can save lives.
I have a very high pain threshold, I’ve sat and had tattoos done for hours, I’m not bothered by needles or medical procedures. However when I had a hysteroscopy, I’ve genuinely never known pain like it. For the first time in my life, I burst into tears and had to tell them to stop. I was told going in, it would be a “little uncomfortable”. I was in shock and I felt so embarrassed that I’d got so upset during the procedure. Hysteroscopy was awful and I felt brutalised afterwards. The advice I got was take a couple of paracetamol. I’ll never ever forget that experience.
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