What is appropriate gynecologist behavior?

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Dear Dr. Myrtle,

Is it a normal procedure for a gynecologist to massage a woman’s clitoris (to orgasm) while performing a pelvic exam to see if the vagina lubricates normally?


Absolutely not!

In fact, such behavior should be reported to your state medical licensing board. This physician should be reprimanded at least, and possibly barred from practicing. That is an inappropriate use of the physician’s power over you, and an invasion of your body. There is no reason for a doctor to perform an action like that - your own verbal explanation should be enough for a physician to get information about how much lubrication you produce.

In addition, there is no such thing as "normal" lubrication. Every woman lubricates differently, and most will produce different amounts from day to day, depending on things like where you are in your menstrual cycle, how much water you are retaining, and whether you are on any kind of medication that might affect your secretions. Only you know what’s normal for you, and your doctor will not learn that from sexually stimulating you, nor should s/he try. If you are feeling traumatized by this experience, please get some support from your local sexual assault support organization. I urge you to report the physician so that s/he does not have the opportunity to do this to others.

Dr. Myrtle