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What can I expect to happen during pelvic exams during pregnancy?

What can I expect to happen during pelvic exams during pregnancy?

Typical exam: There is typically a normal pelvic exam during the initial visit, with pap smear, cultures for infection, and a bimanual exam to evaluate the size of the uterus and pelvis. Physicians will usually do pelvic exams (bimanual only) from 37 weeks on to check the cervix, but this isn't required, especially if you aren't contracting yet. Other exams may be indicated if you are having problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can a good ultra sound substitute pelvic exams during pregnancy?

Can a good ultra sound substitute pelvic exams during pregnancy?

No: Believe it or not ultrasounds have not been shown to positively effect outcomes in pregnancy and some argue cause more unneeded concern. Good news is that you don't need pelvic exams while pregnant. Visits are to monitor your blood pressure, the babies growth, etc. and this is done without a pelvic exam. Good luck with your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Sometimes i bleed during sex. i am 4'11 and 100 pounds so im very little. ive had a pelvic exam, pregnancy and STI tests and nothing. is it my size?

Sometimes i bleed during sex. i am 4'11 and 100 pounds so im very little. ive had a pelvic exam, pregnancy and STI tests and nothing.  is it my size?

It could be vaginal : Dryness,too forceful entry during intercourse or some small lesion at or near the cervix which is friable Since you have had an exam , it's probably the former ...Read more

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Can an internal digital cervix exam at 28wks pregnancy cause mucus plug to come away? Worried after obgyn did internal due to bleeding. Cervix closed.

Can an internal digital cervix exam at 28wks pregnancy cause mucus plug to come away? Worried after obgyn did internal due to bleeding. Cervix closed.

No: The mucus plug is produced more or less continuously and you would not loose it if your cervix is closed.An internal exam can be necessary to evaluate bleeding. Sounds like everything is good. ...Read more