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Female Doctor Physical Exam
Many do, some dont: Board certified family docs are trained to do pap smears and pelvic exams during their residency training. Some choose to offer that service once they get into private practice, some choose not to. The same applies to many procedures including obstetrics, office surgery etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A nurse practitioner is a fully trained provider who can do a complete physical examination, including a prostate exam. ...Read more
External/internal: A complete pelvic exam would typically include, after a history evaluation, a careful visual inspection and digital exam with fingers and a speculum - to accurately assess both the external and internal female vaginal, vulva, cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and adj. Tissues. A pap test is freq. Done, as well. Occasionally, a sonogram is helpful. ...Read more
When getting a yearly physical exam is it better to have a male dr perform the exam & female dr for a female? What exam is needed when your 45 male?
Doesn't matter: The gender of the physician and patient do not have to be matched to have a quality annual exam. If pub feel more comfortable with one over another, that's ok, and you can choose your doctor accordingly. Best to keep the same doctor over the years and develop a good relationship. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Age 40 but...: Thats if you have no strong family for heart disease , high blood pressure, diabetes, breast or colon cancer, non-smoker, normal bowel habits, no non-healing skin sores , maintain routine dental checkups, and have no long term / chronic complaints. As always , this decision should be made between you and your family doctor. ...Read more
How does a physical exam differ for men and women? How does a woman's routine physical exam differ from a man's routine physical exam?
It does not : A physical exam is a complete examination of all body parts. Other than the fact that there are some gender related differences in our body parts between men and women, the process of examination is not much different between men vs women. ...Read more
Yes: With rare exceptions, i recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovarian cysts or nodularity of endometriosis, in women over 40, it provides an exam of the rectum which can show occult polyps or even cancers. I feel the rectal exam adds to the completeness of the pelvic exam allowing a true clean bill of health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a dermatologist provide comprehensive or accurate testing of STD's, including a physical examination and blood tests?
Yes: All women need yearly pelvic exams to monitor for problems that arent necessarily related to pap smears. Pap smears are no longer needed if the hysterectomy was performed for benign indications and there is no prior history of moderate or severe precancerous changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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