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Lesbian Speaks Out After Doctor Denies Her A Hysterectomy In Case Her 'Sexual Orientation Changes'

Lesbian Speaks Out After Doctor Denies Her A Hysterectomy In Case Her 'Sexual Orientation Changes'
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"Ignorant" is not usually a word one uses to describe a doctor—as it seems like it should be the antithesis of the profession.

Doctors go to school for long amounts of time and work long hours dealing with the most delicate thing about humans—the human body.

However, one doctor certainly made a strong case for applying the word ignorant to himself after questionable conduct with a lesbian patient.

27-year-old Rachel Champ of Ireland asked for a hysterectomy to control her extremely painful periods.

However, the doctor's refusal raised quite a few eyebrows.

Without offering a medical reason, this doctor denied Champ a hysterectomy "on the off chance that [she] divorce[s] [her] wife, [her] sexual orientation changes, [she] meet[s] a man and decide[s] [she] want[s] children."

Unfortunately, several others came by to share similar stories of the time their doctors gave them unreasonable reasons for withholding helpful medical procedures.

Champ initially went to the doctor to request the hysterectomy to head-off what she suspects is endometriosis.

"I wanted to share my experience—as I have with other aspects of my journey—to try and draw some attention to the barriers that women—specifically LGBTQ women—face every day trying to get basic respect and understanding from their healthcare providers."

She also chose to address those who showed up to tell her what she already knew—a hysterectomy was irreversible.

"I see a lot of comments agreeing that because a hysterectomy is irreversible, I'm too young to decide if I want one at the age of 27," she said.

"Another irreversible decision is having children, but how many people would tell me I'm too young to have a child at 27?"

"I hope it can highlight that women are still not given autonomy over their own bodies in 2021," Champ said, on what she hopes will be the takeaway from her ordeal, "and that a lot of work is needed to undo the deep misogyny and biases many doctors hold that prevent women from getting access to healthcare."

"I hope that it means someone else won't be treated the same way I was."