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Board of Medicine: Pelvic Exam Law Is For Women Only

Oct 15, 2020
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A new state law aimed at protecting patients from unwanted pelvic exams does not apply to people who are “biologically male,” according to a state medical board.

The Florida Board of Medicine, which regulates physicians, issued an eight-page order designed to clarify the law, which prohibits health care practitioners and medical students from performing pelvic examinations on patients without written consent from the patients or the patients’ guardians.

A new state law aimed at protecting patients from unwanted pelvic exams - sparked by reports of women being subjected to exams while they were under anesthesia - has created uncertainty for physicians and nurses.

An estimated 1.4 million adolescent girls and young women in the U.S. might have received an unnecessary pelvic exam between 2011 and 2017, according to a new study. And an estimated 1.6 million might have received an unnecessary Pap test.

Healthy young women can be forgiven for being confused about how often they're supposed to be getting in to see their primary care doctor.