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Deathly afraid of pelvic exam; want to start using BC

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I'm 15 years old and have really bad period pains. I want to start to use birth control regulate and help with period pains. My mother has been pushing me to go to the gyno. I really really don't want to because i'm scared of being forced to have a pelvic exam. I am not sexually active and haven't had any problems down here. I have done a lot of research on if they can force you to have a pelvic. Some people say that they can't force you when others say they can, even to the point of sedation. A lot of people say is no big deal to have a pelvic exam. I'm just very very uncomfortable with the thought of it. :crying: Does anyone have any advice? Can they physically force me to have a pelvic? Do I really need one, if I'm NOT sexually active and never had problems down there and only using BC for period related things? Are pelvics really need at my age? Please help I'm really scared. I have never missed a period before either.
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Hi Softball31. I'm an RN who works at a GYN office. You do not have to get a pelvic exam, they cannot force or sedate you against your will, and no decent doctor would want to. It is assault and illegal. Finding a GYN (preferably female) who sees adolescents frequently is your best bet.

One possibility, though, is the doctor (and maybe your mom if she's there) trying to "convince" you to have the exam. They shouldn't, but might. Tell them you are not sexually active and will not have the exam even if they won't prescribe for you if you don't agree.

Print the following out and bring it if you want to have proof. From the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) website, the Bible for GYNs:

"Do I need to have a pelvic exam to get birth control from my health care provider?

A pelvic exam is not needed to get most forms of birth control from a health care provider except for the intrauterine device (IUD), diaphragm, and cervical cap. If you have already had sex, you may need to have a pregnancy test and STD test before birth control can be prescribed."
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