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What happens during a female pelvic exam?

What happens during a female pelvic exam?

A lot: A pelvic exam is an uncomfortable part of being a woman. The goal of the pelvic exam is to look at the vulva, vagina and cervix, and ensure there are no problems. That is done with a speculum. The uterus and ovaries are then palpated to evaluate for any large masses. The entire exam is usually less than 5 min. ...Read more

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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A pelvic exam is recommended for females, what about for males?

A pelvic exam is recommended for females, what about for males?

Good question: Men do not much pelvic content as their organs of reproduction are external. The prostate gland, which only males have, is behind the lining of the pelvis, and can and should be examined rectally in men. ...Read more

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Sharp pains in pelvic area day after pelvic exam/std swab.Doc said everything looked ok.Is this normal ? 17 y/o female .

Sharp pains  in pelvic area day after pelvic exam/std swab.Doc said everything looked ok.Is this normal ? 17 y/o female .

No: Severe pelvic pain after an exam is not normal. Call the doctor who performed the pelvic and discuss with them. They may want to see you back and repeat the exam to find out what is going on. Best wishes and hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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Why do my pelvic exams hurt so much? I am a 19 year old female, sexually active but safe, and on the nuvaring. I was diagnosed with PID about two months ago and was treated, but once symptoms started to show again i scheduled another appointment. I had ne

Why do my pelvic exams hurt so much? I am a 19 year old female, sexually active but safe, and on the nuvaring. I was diagnosed with PID about two months ago and was treated, but once symptoms started to show again i scheduled another appointment. I had ne

Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, gynecological exams aren't necessarily very comfortable for anyone! 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 - so don't think that every exam will feel like that! this should resolve once the infection is treated. One of the other most common reasons for pain with exam is that your muscles around the opening of your vagina might be very tense. Since your first experience with an exam was during pid, you may be unconsciously tensing your muscles from the memory of how bad it hurt before. By practicing relaxation techniques such as breathing deeply or trying to relax your legs in the stirrups during the exam may help with the discomfort. Also, discuss this with your doctor. You are not the first, nor the last woman to have this exact problem. Your doctor may have other helpful suggestions to make your exams more comfortable. ...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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How can I relax during pelvic exam?

How can I relax during pelvic exam?

You're in charge: First and foremost, know that you are in charge. You need to voice your concerns and fears with your MD. He or she should then be able to talk you through it. Keep breathing, otherwise you will tense up and make it more uncomfortable. ...Read more