Canadian women may be subjected to pelvic exams during procedures, even if they did not consent to the examination, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Medical professionals have often performed these examinations without the patient knowing.
In September 2010, Canada updated its guidelines, making it mandatory for patients to give consent before the procedure. However, the CMAJ claims that these new rules do not apply to medical residents, therefore the students can still perform the pelvic exam without asking.
When a study was performed in 2010, 70% of the women polled said they expected to be asked for permission before anyone performed a pelvic exam. According to Professor Elaine Gibson of Dalhousie University, the current practices “show a lack of respect for women.”
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