Janet Miles, CAP-OM (janetmiles) wrote in bad_service,
Janet Miles, CAP-OM

Doctors who lecture

femme1996's post reminded me of a similar, but totally different, medical bad service. (This was 20-some years ago, and no, I didn't report the doctor, because I didn't realize at the time it was bad service. I wish now that I had, though, because he was later convicted of sexually abusing patients -- being rude isn't the same thing, but enough complaints might have brought him to the attention of the licensing authority sooner.)

I was in my early 20s and considering the possibility of becoming sexually active. I didn't want to go to my family doctor for the Pill, because he was also my parents' doctor and I was paranoid that he or his staff might mention it. Therefore, I looked in the phone book and chose an OB/GYN on the far side of town.

First appointment, went in, filled out the paperwork, including that I was not sexually active and had had no previous pregnancies. Nurse reviewed it and went away.

Doctor comes in. "So you want a prescription for the Pill?"

"Yes," I said.

"How many pregnancy scares have you had?"

"None. I've never had sex, I'm just thinking about it, and I want to be on the Pill first," I said.

"You're still a virgin."

"Yes," I said.

"And you want to start taking the Pill before you have sex."

"Yes," I said.

"And you haven't had any pregnancy scares."

"No," I said.

"I don't believe that. I've never had a woman come in here for the Pill without having been scared into doing it."

Now, that's when I should have put on my clothes and walked out, but I was naive, so I just said, "Well, now you have."

He did give me the scrip, and for my foolishness I continued seeing him until I moved out of state. It wasn't until then that I discovered PAP smears don't have to hurt for two days.
Tags: *medical/pharmacy
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