Rachel Champ and her wife Karen tearfully left the appointment after refusing the operation because she could change her sexual preference at any time when she complained about the doctor
A married lesbian accused a doctor of medical homophobia after being denied a hysterectomy if she decided to leave her wife for a man.
Stunned saleswoman Rachel Champ has had severe period pains since her first menstrual cycle when she was just ten years old.
The 27-year-old from Longwood, Ireland was denied by the doctor because she could change her sexual preference in the future.
Her mother took her to the doctor about the unusually severe pain Rachel was in, but he told her pain was normal and eventually prescribed pain medication and oral contraceptives to Rachel at the age of 12.
Over the years Rachel’s symptoms got worse, with debilitating convulsions, migraines, nausea, severe lower back pain, and leg pain, both during ovulation and menstruation.
In fact, she was bedridden for almost a month in 2020 and spent three weeks staying in bed from March to June, and her current wife, Karen, 28, who she married in June of that year, brought her food and pain medication.
It wasn’t until Rachel was 25 that a doctor taking her smear told her what she’d always suspected – that her pain was far from normal. She was referred to a gynecologist who fired her, saying she just needed pain management.
But after Rachel was taken to the emergency room in such severe pain that she couldn’t stand and vomited, a CT scan showed she had cysts on her ovaries and polycystic ovaries.
“I feel like I’m missing a lot in my life because of the pain I’m in,” Rachel said.
“The pain I experience affects every aspect of my life. I miss work, college, and social events. My life – including my wedding – is planned when I have my period because I know I am can’t get out of bed. “
Her gynecologist continued to discharge her and insisted that she did not need an operation because of the cysts.
Over the next three years, Rachel had multiple ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans to monitor cysts and confirm when they had ruptured, as well as laparoscopy – ovarian drilling – and frequent blood tests.
Last week, on her last visit to the hospital, she asked another doctor with whom she discussed the possibility of Decapeptyl injections that would trigger a temporary menopause. However, the doctor needed a supervisor to confirm the injections – and it was the same gynecologist.
“He sat in front of me and my wife and told me that Decapeptyl was not an option for me because, given my age, it is not a long-term solution for me,” Rachel said.
“I didn’t go to that appointment to request a hysterectomy. Having tried most of the less invasive options, I just asked if hysterectomy would be considered an option if I tried his suggestions, and they did it still doesn’t. ” affect the pain.
“He told me first that it wasn’t an option because of my age. He said I was too young to consider making such a drastic decision either.
“He said it would be a different conversation if I were 45, but since I’m so young and have 15+ years of fertility, he wouldn’t consider it an option.”
Rachel and Karen explained to the doctor that they would either choose Karen’s fertility treatment or adopt children as they could not conceive naturally.
“I was very open with him and told him that the pain can be so intense and affect my life so much that I sometimes wish I weren’t alive instead of having to go through another minute of pain,” Rachel said .
“Word for word he said: ‘I don’t want you to regret it if circumstances change for you, maybe you leave your partner, your sexual orientation changes, you meet someone and they want children.'”
Rachel said that was when she knew she couldn’t discuss this with him any further.
“We were both in shock, to be honest,” she said. “We both left the appointment with tears over how I was treated and how our relationship was viewed.
“We felt like we knew there was no real discussion here once he brought up that my sexual orientation might change and I might meet a man who wants to have children.
“I felt powerless, dismissed and completely deprived of my autonomy to make decisions about my own body.”
Rachel added that she hopes her story can help shed light on some of the medical discrimination that still persists.
“I hope it means that someone else is not being treated like me. In particular, I hope it also highlights the additional barriers that the LGBTQ community faces when trying to get medical treatment and like that Doctor bias can lead to devastating consequences. ” for us.
“I would like to think that some healthcare providers are reading this and taking into account their own prejudices and what they can do to ensure that their prejudices do not negatively affect their patients’ lives.”
Rachel has filed a complaint about the doctor in question and is now considering private health care in London.