At Your Cervix follows sexuality educator, activist and filmmaker A’magine on her journey to expose the unethical and often traumatic ways medical students are taught to perform pelvic exams. Interviews with students, patients, doctors, midwives, politicians and advocates offer compelling and often deeply emotional testimony as to why nonconsensual and unethical pelvic exams on patients under anesthesia must end.
Medical students are commonly taught to perform pelvic exams by “practicing” on anesthetized patients before surgery without their consent, a direct result of the racist, misogynist and violent history of gynecology. The film goes inside medical schools and hospitals, following students as they try to reconcile their personal ethics with the abusive learning methods they encounter
Uncomfortable; Humiliating; Traumatic–words patients too often use to describe pelvic exams. At Your Cervix is a documentary film that begs the question: Why do so many people have horrible experiences with pelvic exams?
Filmmakers A'magine' and Julie Carlson are women’s health activists who met in 2001 while training to teach medical students how to perform comfortable and empowering breast and pelvic exams as Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs).
Gynecological Teaching Associates use their own bodies to teach. As simultaneous “patient” and instructor, GTAs are able to guide students through the exam and give immediate feedback about their technique, a vantage point no mechanical model, anesthetized patient or fellow student can give, and that a professor who is simply “teaching” alongside the exam table cannot provide either.
At Your Cervix follows sexuality educator, activist and filmmaker A’magine on her journey to expose the unethical and often traumatic ways medical and nursing students are taught to perform pelvic exams.
We are training a cadre of facilitators to teach “Find Your Cervix” Workshops, where you’ll guide participants to find their own cervixes in an empowering and experiential way.
As part of our social impact plan as we release At Your Cervix, bringing important issues about student consent, patient consent and autonomy to the public, we will provide ongoing educational opportunities and workshops for both medical providers and for patients.