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Why are women forced to undergo a per vaginal examination every year?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Screening: A pelvic exam allows your physician to check for polyps, pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions, fibroids, enlarged uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. In addition, depending on your age, a rectovaginal exam can also help screen for anal and rectal lesions.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Van Dis: But I am not aware of any women who are forced to have vaginal examinations in the United States.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
None: No one should be "forced" to have a pelvic examination. However, it is recommended to have yearly exams to evaluate for conditions you would not normally find on your own such as prolapse ( dropping of organs), growths, masses, skin/mucosal disease, abnormal discharge, periodic cancer screening... If these exams are uncomfortable for you please communicate this to your doctor. He/she can address

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