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Why do my pelvic exams always hurt so much? treated recently for pid

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, gynecological exams aren't necessarily very comfortable for anyone! one of the most common reasons for pain with exam is that your muscles around the opening of your vagina might be very tense. By practicing relaxation techniques by breathing deeply or trying to relax your legs in the stirrups might help. That being said, pid can make your cervix and uterus extra sensitive thus making the exam extremely painful. Actually, one of the symptoms of pid is a very painful exam. This should resolve once the infection is treated.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Painful exams: If examination became more painful after developing pelvic inflammatory disease - it may be the PID itself that is causing more pain. If it has always been painful- you may be tensing your muscles in the pelvic area.
Last updated Jan 5, 2019


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