The Dark History Of Gynaecology

by | 19 Oct 2021 | Divine Feminine, Empowered Women, Self Care, Self Love, Woman's Health

ATM I am reading an amazing book called informed. Aware. Empowered. Written by the wonderful Danelle Nawrocki.

As you probably know I am super passionate about Womens Empowerment Especially when it comes to feeling empowered in our voice + our bodies.

AS I was reading these chapters late at night in bed, I started to feel a fire of rage rise within my belly.

Not many of us know the darker side of gynaecology. The 1st person I learned about was James Sims who is still to this day nationally recognised as the father of gynaecology.

He pioneered a surgical intervention That repaired a complication of a constructed childbirth, which caused women to leak urine

Apparently at this time women who had this condition called vesicovaginal fistula were outcasted from society for their malfunction.

What they don’t tell you is that this physician used women of colour who were slaves as his a test subjects, without any use of anaesthetic.

This is how he developed his procedures + with them as the experiment he then invented the speculum as well as stirrups. In the 1800’s these were used to hold the woman down in a forced position to make it easier for him.

Not only is this extremely unethical + barbaric but it doesn’t take the women’s comfort or emotional body into any consideration.

It gets worse. Hans Hinselman a German physician, was renowned for his testing on concentration camp victims. He was granted permission to experiment on women in the concentration camps. This procedure was born at Block 10 Auschwitz concentration camp. DIGEST THAT!!!

Through this experimentation, he invented colposcopy + biopsy. (A removal of part of the cervix)
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Both of these procedures are still used today. And while the procedures themselves may not be unethical, I question why the history is not known and why the woman is not the centre of care within these routine procedures.

Through this experimentation he invented the colposcopy and biopsy. (A removal of part of the cervix)

Both of these procedures are still used today. And while the procedures themselves may not be unethical, I question why the history is not known and why the woman is not the centre of care within these routine procedures.

We are told to lie back, spread our legs and we poked and prodded in an invasive manner with cold foreign instruments.

Why can’t more gynaecologists be trauma informed?

Why are we not given a range of different options including holistic lifestyle changes?

Why are we bullied into getting a biopsy without being given the full facts, the alternatives and the MASSIVE IMPLICATIONS AND REPERCUSSIONS?


I believe that there is a way of making this more woman centred, a way where we feel more empowered.

How about we are positioned differently, where we are on top and they are crouching beneath us?

How about we speak up when we are ready to be penetrated?

How about being a part of the process of the speculum going in.

How about mirrors?

Why isn’t the woman embodied experience the centre of focus?

It’s time to speak up and advocate for women’s health and care to be the UTMOST PRIMARY FACTOR.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this topic!!!

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