Why is a woman expected to bear pain during medical procedures? | Letters

Prepare your report (“Pain is inhumane: How NHS gynecological delays affect women’s health, 2nd June), In 2008 I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. The diagnostic process involved a hysteroscopy, in which a camera is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus.

No sedation or sedation was given and I found it so painful that the nurse holding my hand told the doctor to stop and later had the operation under general anaesthesia. Two years later, I was referred to the gastroenterology department for bowel problems after 20 sessions of radiotherapy for which I had cancer treatment, and I underwent a colonoscopy. It was only natural for the operation to be performed with anaesthesia – no doubt it was done without.

Read:Tribunal called off in case of Christian GP offering patients ‘spiritual care’

Why the difference? I have known many other women who have had hysteroscopy, or had fixed coils without anesthesia and been in excruciating pain.

Does the medical profession consider that since some of us are going through labor, we don’t need pain relief in gynecological exams? The pain is truly inhumane and withholding pain relief in other invasive procedures would not be tolerated.
Trish Kelly

We are all obviously happy that the Queen has reached the age of 96. But I wonder how many women would have reached the same age if they had the same access to immediate diagnosis and medical treatment that she has had her whole life (excluding women’s health issues as ‘benign’ leads up the NHS lists, 2 June).
So take
Newcastle upon Tyne

Read:Birchwood medical staff hit target for new defib

Do you have an opinion on anything you read in the Guardian today? Excuse me E-mail Us your message will be considered for publication.

Previous post
Small Budget: ‘New Era’ Bunch of Tax Cuts Including Lower Stamp Duty for Homebuyers | politics news
Next post
Gary Neville and Paul Scholes disagree over who is the best player in the world