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Pain During Pelvic Exam
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
I am so worried I have pid but my dr seems to think im fine since I wasn't in a lot of pain during pelvic exam. Constant lower abdominal pressure???
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
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
Its quick: You and your doctor will chat about why you are there. If an exam is needed, a small speculum is inserted into the vagina. Swabs of the cervix and other samples will be taken. Your doc may need to insert a gloved finger to check the uterus and ovaries. Its very quick and you are done. Best wishes! ...Read more
Nothing.: It's normal to have some non-specific fluid in the pelvis as long as it's not too much. Fluid in the abdomen and pelvis helps keeps things moist. ...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
Can't seem to relax during pelvic exam. Get really tense and makes whole thing painful and stressful. What can I do?
Deep breathing: First off - let the medical provider know that you are uncomfortable. Second, breath in deeply through the nose, fill the lungs and hold for a count of five before slowly exhaling through an open mouth. Repeat x 12. ...Read more
During a pelvic exam if they just feel you will they say anything about an infection? Please give me details. I'm only 16.
Tell your Provider: If you are concerned about an infection please tell your provider. We want you to tell us your concerns so that we can help you. If a provider does not know that you have a discharge or concern about infection, at 16, they might not look. So please tell them your symptoms, so they do the right exam that you need! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many do, some don't: 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
Depends on age: Routine gynecologic tests for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea and chlamydia) are the most common tests under age 25, over age 25 it is usually just a pap smear. Swabs may be obtained to rule out infections if an unusual discharge is noted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to become sexually aroused during a pelvic exam? When this happens can my doctor tell this is happening to me?
I've had beige vaginal discharge for the past 24 hours. I had a pelvic exam 5 days ago during which I bled from cervix. Could this be related?
Do I need family doc. For check ups? Only have specialists. What happens during a check-up? Will they re-do a pelvic exam if I had one w/ gyno in feb?
Family doctor: Yes you do need a family physician to correlate all the data relating to your health. You may see fewer specialists with fewer unnecessary tests done. I doubt your physician (family) would find it necessary to redo recent exams unless there was a concern. ...Read more
Is it possible to get cervical or vaginal damage during a pap smear/pelvic exam? Is there a test that can detect this problem? Or can it heal by itself?
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