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At what age do they stop doing pelvic exams? Hysterectomy

At what age do they stop doing pelvic exams?  Hysterectomy

For life: We recommend that pelvic exams be done for your entire life. Sometimes pap smears are not necessary later in life, though. The frequency of both should be recommended by your gynecologist based upon your individual history. ...Read more

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Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
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Pelvic Exam (Definition)

Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more


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At what age should I receive my first pelvic exam?

At what age should I receive my first pelvic exam?

21: Previous guidelines recommended that every woman have a pelvic exam by the age of 21 or 3 years after the onset of sexual activity. However, newer recommendations omit the 3-year rule and simply state that women should have their exam by age 21. ...Read more

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What age should a girl have first pelvic exam?

What age should a girl have first pelvic exam?

Depends: Currently am college of obgyne recommends that adolescents have 1st visit age 13-15 w/o exam to meet gyne, discuss issues related to gyne/ reproductive health. Pelvic exam is not required to intiiate birth control. Pelvic exam at 19 years old, depending on medical history. Pap testing beginning no later than age 21. ...Read more

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I'm aged 22 and I'm a virgin and I just wondered if its still required for me to have a Pelvic Exam?

I'm aged 22 and I'm a virgin and I just wondered if its still required for me to have a Pelvic Exam?

Recommended: I recommend that anyone sexually active have a GYN exam. If as in your case, you are not, I recommend having an initial exam somewhere around your age as good routine healthcare and so that any questions you may have can be addressed. ...Read more

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What is the age that a girl can make their own medical decisions in oregon? She is 15 and doesn't want a pelvic exam. What year did law go into effect

What is the age that a girl can make their own medical decisions in oregon? She is 15 and doesn't want a pelvic exam. What year did law go into effect

As above: I don;t know about oregon, but i believe by age 18, if pelvic exam medical necessity based on physician advise , consent can be obtained from parents. ...Read more

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If you get referred to a gynecologist for pcos at age 17 could you deny to having a pelvic exam if you do not want to?

If you get referred to a gynecologist for pcos at age 17 could you deny to having a pelvic exam if you do not want to?

Yes: No one can force you to have pelvic exam done against your will. If you've never had sex, it may be of limited value anyway. If you've been sexually active, it will help rule out infections, cervical abnormalities on pap smear, etc. ...Read more

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What is the recommendation for a 28 yr old virgin regarding pelvic exams? Do I need to do them? Thanks.

What is the recommendation for a 28 yr old virgin regarding pelvic exams? Do I need to do them? Thanks.

Standards: The common standard for this exam is starting within 6 months of initial sexual activity or age 21. There are ways to modify the exam on virginal patients, using ultrasound and special speculums. Verifying the presence and size of uterine and ovarian structures is important.There are risks of having the equipment whether you are sexually active or not. ...Read more

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What is a pelvic exam?

What is a pelvic exam?

Genital(gentle)check: It is a gentle examination both with an instrument(specula) and digitally of the pelvic and surrounding structures conducted by a MD in his/her office to check for abnormalities. It often includes a pap smear to check to cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Why does my pelvic exam hurted ?

Pelvic exam: A pelvic exam is an uncomfortable exam both physically and sometimes mentally for some patients. It should not cause pain. If it did you should take to the health care provider who did the exam to make sure that they know so they can look for the reason. ...Read more

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First pelvic exam, what is involved?

First pelvic exam, what is involved?

1st gyne exam: You'll want to let the doctor know it's your 1st exam. Stay dressed to meet ; talk. The doctor will have you undress, lay back ; put your feet in "stirrups". He/she will gently examine the outside, place a "speculum" in the vagina to hold the walls open to be examined, look at the cervix ; finally place 1 or 2 lubricated fingers inside to feel the uterus ; ovaries. Ideally, this will not hurt. ...Read more