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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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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