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I have an irrational fear of pelvic exams? What can I do?

I have an irrational fear of pelvic exams? What can I do?

Possibilities: Might your fear of pelvic exams extend to other situations also? This is a common issue with women who have been traumatized in some way, and psychotherapy may help. If you do need a pelvic exam very soon though, it will help to tell the doctor's office before your appointment so they can be aware and responsive. Your doctor may also prescribe a small dose of Ativan or xanax (alprazolam) to help you. ...Read more

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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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I think I have a fear of internal exams. How do I get over this?

I think I have a fear of internal exams. How do I get over this?

Tell your doctor: Let your doctor know your concerns before examination. He or she can talk you through this and help to take some of the anxiety from the situation. Being well educated about a process or procedure is invaluable. ...Read more

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I have never had a pelvic exam, should I get one yet?

I have never had a pelvic exam, should I get one yet?

HPV testing: A 41 y/o woman, who is sexually active should have HPV testing done to assess her risk for cervical cancer (this is done by a swab from the cervix through the vagina). If she has a family history of breast cancer, she may also want to have a screening mammogram done. ...Read more

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Am i able to get a full pelvic exam while menstruating?

Am i able to get a full pelvic exam while menstruating?

Depends: If your bleeding is very heavy, it may be difficult to read your pap smear, even with the liquid based paps. However, if you only have light bleeding this should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Can you be forced to get a pap smear or pelvic exam?

Can you be forced to get a pap smear or pelvic exam?

No.: Even if it is medically recommended. You cannot be forced a medical exam such as a pap smear or a pelvic exam.. Obviously not getting tests or exams done has pros/cons. Make sure you weigh the risks of deciding or not deciding to do a certain exam or test. If pregnant, you're not just making decision for yourself, but also for baby. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and haven't started my period yet, should I get a pelvic exam?

I'm 16 and haven't started my period yet, should I get a pelvic exam?

More involved: Pelvic exams are recommended for those who are sexually active to screen for std's or by age 21 if not. An external exam and an ultrasound can often yield significant information for your lack of menses.Contact an obgyn if you want to go this route, but i recommend a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I got a pelvic exam and everything looks good except for a fyrbriod in my uterius. Now why do they want me to get a biopsy fone in my uterius?

I got a pelvic exam and everything looks good except for a fyrbriod in my uterius. Now why do they want me to get a biopsy fone in my uterius?

Uterine Biopsy: Vaginal bleeding in the elderly population is assumed to be cancerous until proven otherwise. Biopsy of the uterus will give the doctor a sample to analyze for normal or cancerous tissue. While fibroids cause uterine bleeding, it is not the only cause. It is better to be safe and catch a disease process early if possible so that treatment can be started. ...Read more

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6 week checkup after birth do I have to get a pelvic exam?I had a 4th degree tear I tore all around & internally.I feel like it will be extrem painful

6 week checkup after birth do I have to get a pelvic exam?I had a 4th degree tear I tore all around & internally.I feel like it will be extrem painful

Short answer is yes: You should see your OB/GYN for an examination. You may have developed some scar tissue and if not remedied will make intercourse painful and may also cause a problem with next pregnancy. The doctor has some good choices to help relieve any pain in the exam & should give you instructions to help stretch the vaginal opening. It will take time but worth the effort. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get birth control without pelvic exam?

Yes. : Frequently a doctor doesn't need to do a pelvic exam before prescribing the pill. Occasionally it is important. Sometimes an ultrasound can be substituted instead of an exam. ...Read more

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Do you need a pelvic exam in order to get birth-control?

Hormonal, yes: Hormonal forms of contraception are still dispensed in the usa at the md's physical examination to rule out medical conditions that might preclude their use that exam for females does include a pelvic exam. ...Read more

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Do they force you have a pelvic exam in order to get birth-control?

No: You do not need to have a pelvic exam in order to get birth control medication, but you should be open and honest with your physician about your sexual practices and concerns so that he or she can be best equipped to treat you. ...Read more

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Can there be any way i can get birth control without a pelvic exam?

Can there be any way i can get birth control without a pelvic exam?

Depends on the docto: If you are not having pain, have regular periods, then you may not 'need' to have a pelvic exam in my opinion. Screening for sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea/chlamydia) is usually recommended for young, sexually active women, but this could be done with a urine sample. Really, it will depend on the doctors personal opinion and preference. ...Read more

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My docter wants me to have a pelvic exam in order to get my refill in birth control. Why?

My docter wants me to have a pelvic exam in order to get my refill in birth control. Why?

Standard practice: This is more than a refill for an asthma inhaler. Surveillance for cancer, infection and a review of potential new risks for continuing the drugs are all part of routine use of this class of drugs.Any abnormalities on a previous exam may warrant a more frequent exam and testing. This is a simple question that you should feel comfortable asking the doc or his staff, and the answer should make sense ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my docter wants me to have a pelvic exam in order to get my refill in birth control.?

Get tested: This is a routine part of women's health. If you don't get it done, you might loose out on a chance to pick up cervical or uterine cancer in the early treatable stages. ...Read more

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Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more