At Your Cervix is a new film exposing
the little-known unethical practice of conducting non-consensual pelvic exams on unconscious patients.
In an era when conversations about consent and reproductive justice are front of mind,
At Your Cervix shines a light on the use of unconscious patients by medical students for practice.
The film reveals how this practice is the result of our racist, misogynistic and violent history of gynecology.
This shocking practice is still legal in 29 states despite the fact that there exists an ethical and effective way of teaching pelvic exams.
The film goes inside medical schools and hospitals, following students as they try to reconcile their personal ethics with the abusive learning methods they encounter–allowing the audience to hear the stories of students and practitioners who, in order to learn, conduct these unethical non-consensual pelvic examinations.
At Your Cervix also tells the story of patients who have been victims of this practice – having entrusted their well-being to physicians who swore an oath to do no harm, but awoke after surgery or sedatives only to find they had been assaulted.
Luckily, there is an alternative – the Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs).
At Your Cervix shines a hopeful light on GTAs as the best way forward, empowering medical students to become holistic, compassionate, skilled physicians by making the “patients” themselves the teachers.