Medical woman torture


Here is another medical woman-torture I had not heard of until today, symphysiotomy (thanks to commenter T. Laurel Sulfate).

A quick overview of the procedure from Dikipedia:

Symphysiotomy was advocated in 1597 by Severin Pineau after his description of a diastasis of the pubis on a hanged pregnant woman. Thus symphysiotomies became a routine surgical procedure for women experiencing an obstructed labour. In the late 19th century after the risk of maternal death after caesarean section decreased due to improvement in techniques, hygiene and clinical practice the symphysiotomy was used less.

The most common indications are a trapped head of a breech baby, shoulder dystocia which does not resolve with routine manoeuvres and obstructed labour at full cervical dilation when there is no option of a caesarean section. Currently the procedure is rarely performed in developed countries, but is still routine in developing countries where caesarean section is not always an option.

Symphysiotomy results in a temporary increase in pelvic diameter (up to 2 cm) by surgically dividing the ligaments of the symphysis under local anaesthesia. This procedure should be carried out only in combination with vacuum extraction. Symphysiotomy in combination with vacuum extraction can be a life-saving procedure in areas of the world where caesarean section is not feasible or immediately available. Since this procedure does not scar the uterus, the concern of future uterine rupture that exists with cesarean section is not a factor.

The procedure is not without risk, including urethral and bladder injury, infection, pain and long-term walking difficulty. Symphysiotomy should, therefore, be carried out only when there is no safe alternative. It is advised that this procedure should not be repeated due to the risk of gait problems and continual pain.

Well, that certainly sounds like one hell of a picnic.

The modern practice of symphysiotomy continued in Ireland, primarily between the 1940s to 1980s, with many patients unknowingly and without giving consent for the procedure.

And the ‘reason’ for this outmoded barbaric procedure was due to pressure from the Catholic Church (their misogyny really knows no bounds) to perform a symphysiotomy in preference to a caesarean section, in that way avoiding the recommended six-week PIV abstinence period following surgery. Gotta get those women back onto the PIV Pony eh?

Considering that many women suffered hideous and long term post-op side effects, this was clearly a case of Mission:Fail on behalf of the Catholic Church and their obsessive control of female reproductive organs. With many of these complications, it would be surprising if ‘good Catholic women’ would barely even be capable of saddling up onto the PIV Pony ever again, let alone all the unnecessary complications that they had to endure on a daily basis.

This is all again about men owning women’s bodies and their access to PIV. Instead of letting nature take its course, and women deciding for themselves that they are ready to engage in PIV again, external pressure is placed on women to participate in PIV well before they are mentally and physically ready to.

It’s not just the misogynistic Catholics trying to get women back onto the PIV Pony soon after giving birth. The sex-obsessed ‘sex-positive’ society’s pressure women into thinking they must either ‘check that everything still works’ or to ‘service’ their husband’s ‘needs’ shortly after birth. This supposedly harmless view can lead to maternal death caused by an air embolism. The risk of air embolism is not just from PIV, but cunnilingus as well. Putting pressure on women to engage in sexual activity is risky, and would also include being more susceptible to infections.

With so much coercion for women to re-engage in PIV, it is clearly not a natural and desired act for females, and is part of society’s grooming of females for sexual slavery.

In Ireland, the Irish Government have again refused to set up an inquiry regarding symphysiotomy, leaving over 1,500 women without justice or compensation for having their lives ruined in the name of mandatory PIV.

10 thoughts on “Medical woman torture

  1. veganprimate

    “And the ‘reason’ for this outmoded barbaric procedure was due to pressure from the Catholic Church (their misogyny really knows no bounds) to perform a symphysiotomy in preference to a caesarean section, in that way avoiding the recommended six-week PIV abstinence period following surgery. Gotta get those women back onto the PIV Pony eh?”

    Fuck the Catholic Church. It’s nothing but a cult and a haven for closeted perverts and pedophiles.

    No one is real specific about the air embolism thing. What exactly is the problem? Is it that the opening to the cervix is still dilated a bit after childbirth?

    When I read stuff like that, it makes me cringe, b/c I feel like not only are they warning people, but they are giving instructions on how to kill women.

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  2. FAB Libber

    No one is real specific about the air embolism thing. What exactly is the problem?
    It is due to exposed (not yet healed) blood vessels, and I gather that can be uterus, vagina or any parts that may have been damaged during childbirth, including where the placenta has detached from the uterine wall. Air getting into the bloodstream can go to heart, lungs, brain etc.

    It is kept remarkably quiet, and I don’t think women themselves are told routinely of the risks, or why the post-natal check-up.

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  3. maggie

    It mean’t ‘Sawing through the bone’ – wtf???!!11!! Not surprising then that women suffered incontinence and walking problems. There has got to be a WHOLE LOAD OF HATING going on for a doctor to do that, cause if you’re a doctor you KNOW the harm you are doing. You can bet that it was done on women who came from poor backgrounds.

    How did they EVER expect women to have PIV sex after that? I thought I’d read it all. But that really is upsetting and disgusting.

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  4. FAB Libber

    I have updated the graphic to make a bit more sense. Before it was a bit “wtf has a horsie got to do with medical torture of women?”. Well, because the whole purpose was to get them back onto the PIV Pony, and now the graphic makes more sense!
    I have the feeling I might be using it a lot in the future.

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  5. Emma

    Thanks for picking up on this issue- there are women here in Ireland looking for answers about what was done. Dr. Michael Neary performed many of these operations in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, information here: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/dr-neary-105860.html and some feedback following the airing of a tv programme: http://www.irishsalem.com/irish-controversies/symphysiotomy/primetimespecial-feb10.php

    Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SOS) Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=312281074818

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  6. jilla

    I hadn’t heard of this before. Another example of cis-privilege.

    FGM:

    symphysiotomy
    episiotomy
    ceasarean section
    mastectomy
    mammoplasty
    labiaplasty
    clitoredectomy
    vaginoplasty
    hysterectomy
    oophorectomy

    Add at will. Check off your particular patriarchy-enhancing mutilations.

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  7. FAB Libber

    Thank you for the links Emma.
    It is rather disgusting that the Irish Govt will not launch an inquiry into this.

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  8. ball buster

    Holy shit, this is just fucking medieval. “Trouble walking” “continual pain”?? I swear, men do this shit on purpose. Not just for the PIV but to literally hobble us. Fucking bastards.

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