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A 21-year-old female asked:

I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & pap smear. i'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Not to worry.: Women and girls may be judged by their happiness, their friendliness, and many other wonderful traits, but not by the condition of their hymens. It makes absolutely no difference whether a person has a big hymen, little hymen, broken hymen, unbroken hymen, etc... One need not worry about hymens when seeing her doctor, as it cannot matter in a free, modern, equitable society.
Dr. Christian Pariseau
A Verified Doctor commented
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Agree with Dr Kwok. Communicate your concerns to your doctor, being nervous is normal :)
Mar 19, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Exam should not hurt, if it does, we need to correct how we are doing it so tell your doctor if you feel pain.
Mar 19, 2015
Last updated Jan 13, 2021

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