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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is a pelvic exam good for if all they do is feel you down there without doing anything else?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wendy Askew
25 years experience
Depends: It is helpful for identifying if (or which) pelvic organs (the uterus, ovaries, bladder) are causing pain, or are tender on exam. Sometimes (in thin patients) it is helpful to identify a cyst on an ovary, or if the uterus is enlarged (in the case of pregnancy or if a woman has fibroids).
Last updated May 7, 2013

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