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16 responses to “Douchebag oTY contestant: “Uh oh” nurse routinely pulls IUDs out”

  1. MsLaurie

    I saw this earlier today, and have come back to re-read several times, because I can’t seem to get my head around it.

    Other people in the clinic think that it is funny??

    Olona thinks its okay? She hasn’t been fired?

    What on earth??

  2. Deus Ex Macintosh

    So. Don’t. Tug.

    With the pricey nature of privatised medicine in the USA, I really hope she has to pay for the resulting second doctors consultation and re-installation of a replacement IUD. That’ll stop it.

    Deus Ex Macintosh’s last blog post..Down-and-out and trillionaires in Zimbabwe

  3. Chally

    What? No? On what planet does this… Ethics??

    I hope Douchebag of the Year doesn’t become a regular feature.

    Chally’s last blog post..You gotta hear left, your music solids bowls the sound

  4. Helen

    Absolutely!

    See, I told you there was no need to worry about an arsehole /douchebag shortage for 2009. It appears they’re getting worse, even. ;-/

  5. Chally

    Helen, I can’t imagine what Lauredhel might find next…

  6. Deus Ex Macintosh

    Maybe HAT should make it Douchebag of the Month and then do an annual round up of worst of the worst just before Christmas. We could vote and everything.

    Deus Ex Macintosh’s last blog post..Water Wings take on a whole new meaning

  7. Jackie

    I can’t believe this! I’m so angry. And her smugness is infuriating!

  8. Thorn

    OMFG. What the hell?

    “Oh, I just tug on them and they come out! Tee hee!” So this horrible woman is alleging that what – there’s a rash of women in her area with poorly inserted IUDs? Un-fucking-believable.

    It’s a freaking crime that this woman still has a job.

  9. Esme

    My IUD cost $850, two doctor’s visits ($70 in copay, and this is back when I HAD insurance), critically intense pain because I wasn’t on my period when I was in town to see my gyno and I’ve never had a kid, and 3 months of intense cramps and having my period about 25 days/month for a long time.

    If someone dared pull it out of me for any reason when I did not explicitly ask them to, you can damned well bet that the ranking official at that Center, the cops, and the medical licensing board would not hear the end of it until that person was fired, stripped of their license, fined to hell and back, made to pay for my new one, and then made to sit in a room reading “Our Body Our Selves” for a year.

  10. SunlessNick

    So this horrible woman is alleging that what – there’s a rash of women in her area with poorly inserted IUDs?

    And completely by coincidence they all come to her, and their IUD’s fall out on their own, with no connection at all to her dislike of them. No.

  11. Morgaine

    “My IUD cost $850, two doctor’s visits ($70 in copay, and this is back when I HAD insurance), critically intense pain because I wasn’t on my period when I was in town to see my gyno and I’ve never had a kid, and 3 months of intense cramps and having my period about 25 days/month for a long time.”

    Sorry, I’m not sure how to directly reply to certain comments on here or even how to do quotes properly. BUT, I just wanted to ask: WHY did you endure all that torture for so long? I hope you don’t think I am being rude and I realize this is OT but I am just wondering why women put their bodies through so much torture to avoid pregnancy. Surely there are other, less painful methods of birth control that would work better for you? Its always bothered me that women are the ones enduring such discomfort (and possibly massive consequences to their overall health) to prevent pregnancy when men get off so easily.

    About the story: That woman should be sacked, fined and banned from working in the area of women’s health.

  12. tigtog

    Morgaine, not all those simpler methods work for every woman. It would be nice if they did, but either because of hyper-fertility or various sensitivities/allergies, they often don’t. I know a woman who’s fallen pregnant three times despite using contraception of different types in each case. After four children she’s decided to just live celibate, or at least without PIV sex.

    I don’t know what Esme’s circumstances are, but she shouldn’t need to explain them to us unless she’s comfortable doing so.

  13. Morgaine

    No, she shouldn’t need to. But I can ask in case she wouldn’t mind answering. Its not like I am going to be offended if she doesn’t answer nor will I abuse her for it. I didn’t mean to be rude or imply that she *needed* to explain herself. All I was trying to get across is that I find it unfair that women have to go through such hell with birth control when a man barely has to do a thing. That and I have difficulty understanding why people persist for so long with methods that have such awful side effects for them and am genuinely curious as to why they *do* persist. I’ve been through The Pill merry go round myself and have vowed never to touch another hormonal birth control method again. However, I know of people who have persisted with various birth control methods despite the horrible side effects that they suffer without even considering that it may not be worth the hell.

    Anyway, I know this is OT so I don’t want to make it *too* much of a tangent. I just wanted to stress that I was not in any way expecting an answer, did not feel I was entitled to one (but thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask), and did not mean to be rude or offensive in any way.

  14. Burning River

    While I would never advocate harassing a clinic (because that’s what douchebags do in their spare time), perhaps it would be the time to start a letter-writing campaign. While I wouldn’t publish the number or address of this clinic online, the Rio Rancho Family Health Center is fairly easy to locate via google.

    Oh, and also? It’s a private facility, which means that they are in absolutely no danger of losing government funding for firing an incompetent fundie who has laughingly committed rape several times.

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