Girls’ Rights and Self-Advocacy in Health Care
Gather the materials you will need.
Call the clinic ahead of time.
Decide if you want one-on-one time with your provider.
Check in with your parent or caregiver.
Let your provider know if you have had a bad experience.
You have permission to ask questions.
You can ask to be “blind weighed.”
You can say “no” to having students present.
You have autonomy over your body.
- Share your concern: “I am feeling nervous about getting undressed.”
- Get more information: “Can you talk me through the pelvic exam before we begin?”
- Delay the procedure: “Is it essential that we do a mental health assessment today, or can we reschedule for a time I feel more prepared?”
Reflect on the experience.
Organize your own files.
Provide feedback, if possible.
- Back to School: Patient Education — Nursing@Georgetown
- Supporting Women Recovering From Trauma and PTSD — Nursing@Georgetown
- GirlsHealth.gov — The Office on Women’s Health
- Black Girls Smile
- How to Take Charge of Your Medical Care — The New York Times
- National Eating Disorders Association
- The National Institute of Mental Health
- The Care and Keeping of You 2 — American Girl