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Is it safe to get a sigmoidoscopy while pregnant

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Yes it can be done.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Can be: But generally it depends on the trimester and the indications for the exam and how it is performed. If the need for a diagnosis to ensure no ill effec... Read More

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Dr. Douglas Shumaker
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Flexible : Flexible sigmoidoscopy and even colonoscopy appears to be safe during pregnancy if it is indicated. A study published in 1996 looked at the safety and... Read More
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 34 years experience
Safe to check: A sigmoidoscopy involves inserting a lighted tube in the anus, rectum and sigmoid to look at the lining--in experienced hands, perfectly safe for you ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Probably not: But if the scope was necessary or you didn't know or tell the doctor you were pregnant it could have contributed but if you are still pregnant with a ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Absolutely: Many gastroenterologists, faced with the need to evaluate the upper and lower GI tracts, may choose to perform a "double procedure" under one sedation... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
A fairly: Routine exam with low risk. Can be uncomfortable and thus sedating meds may be used.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Unless you have a family history of colon cancer occurring at less than 60 years of age, in your family, you may wait till you are 50 for the first sc... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Shumaker
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
A : A flexible sigmoidoscopy can be painful, but is often less painful than a colonoscopy and is a much shorter exam (usually just 5 minutes or so), versu... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sigmoidoscope: Scope is done quite frequently, and under hands of good gastroenterologist, complications are minimal.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
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NO: I would suggest Miralax- which is a gentle osmotic laxative. Consult your gI for definitive dosing.

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