When it comes to informed consent, there's a lot of room for improvement.
Too often, women are pressured into making decisions about their bodies without being given all the information they need to make an informed decision. This has to change. Women have the right to know what they're getting themselves into—no exceptions.
Informed consent is defined as "the legal principle that a person must be given full information about a proposed course of action before they can provide valid consent to it."
Informed consent is a cornerstone of medical ethics, and for good reason. Without it, patients would be unable to make truly informed decisions about their care. And yet, in spite of its importance, informed consent is something that is all too often lacking in medical care, particularly when it comes to women's health.
One recent study found that nearly half of all pregnant women do not receive adequate information about their labor and delivery options.
This lack of information can have serious consequences; another study found that nearly one in four pregnant women who did not receive adequate information about their labor and delivery options felt pressured into making a decision that they later regretted.
It's not just labor and delivery where informed consent is lacking, either.
A survey of 3,000 gynecologic surgery patients found that nearly half did not feel like they had received enough information about their procedure beforehand. One-third of respondents said they would have liked more time to make their decision, and one-quarter said they would have liked more information about risks and alternatives.
Informed consent is a critical part of medical care, and yet it's something that is all too often lacking, particularly when it comes to women's health.
This has to change. Women have the right to know what they're getting themselves into—no exceptions. When it comes to making decisions about their bodies, women should never feel pressured or rushed; they should always have access to all the information they need to make an informed decision. Only then can they give truly informed consent. Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂
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