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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Possibilities: Might your fear of pelvic exams extend to other situations also? This is a common issue with women who have been traumatized in some way, and psychoth ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tell your doctor: Let your doctor know your concerns before examination. He or she can talk you through this and help to take some of the anxiety from the situation. B ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
HPV testing: A 41 y/o woman, who is sexually active should have HPV testing done to assess her risk for cervical cancer (this is done by a swab from the cervix thr ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
20 years experience Family Medicine
Need more info: Why did you have a pelvic exam? You need to give more information and a good description of the pain.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Many women aren't comfortable getting their pelvic exam and pap during the period, but with the new thin prep paps a full exam is fine.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not always: Not all ovarian ( I presume this is what you are asking about) cysts are palpable on pelvic exam
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Roland
34 years experience Family Medicine
NO: You should never be forced to accept any medical exam without your consent. This would be a crime! Of course it is smart to get certain exams and you ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanjay Mishra
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Pelvic ex: Yes it can be uncomfortable.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Benzodiazepine: Are you comfortable with your physician? You can try a low dose of a benzodiazepine such as valium or Ativan (lorazepam) 1 hour prior to procedure.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
When to get pap: This answer all revolves around whether or not you have been sexually active. If so, then yes. It also a good time to talk to your doctor about getti ... Read More

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