Uncomfortable; Humiliating; Traumatic–words patients too often use to describe pelvic exams. At Your Cervix™ is a documentary film that begs the question: Why do so many people have horrible experiences with pelvic exams?
Filmmakers Amy Jo Goddard and Julie Carlson are women’s health activists who met in 2001 while training to teach medical students how to perform comfortable and empowering breast and pelvic exams as Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs).
What makes this labor unusual, and incredibly radical, is that the Gynecological Teaching Associates use their own bodies to teach. As simultaneous “patient” and instructor, GTAs are able to guide students through the exam and give immediate feedback about their technique, a vantage point no mechanical model, anesthetized patient or fellow student can give, and that a professor who is simply “teaching” alongside the exam table cannot provide either.
How you can help
We are dedicated to making pelvic exams respectful, pain-free and empowering through our documentary At Your Cervix™. Join the effort to improve pelvic exams and GYN training. Please donate $5 (or more) for every poor pelvic exam experience you have ever had—and spread the word!
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