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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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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

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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

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Please explain what happends during a pelvic exam?

Please explain what happends during a pelvic exam?

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

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During pelvic exam found non specific fluid in pelvic what does this mean?

During pelvic exam found non specific fluid in pelvic what does this mean?

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

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Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

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 more

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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

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What can I expect during the first ob pelvic exam?

Depends: If you have not had an exam within the year you will have a pap and tests for stds. The exam assesses your pelvis, size of the uterus and also rules out ovarian enlargement or other pelvic pathology. If you have not had a rectal exam within the year, you will have that too. ...Read more

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Can my doctors feel blocked ovaries during pelvic exam?

Can my doctors feel blocked ovaries during pelvic exam?

Enlarged Ovaries: A physician performing the appropriate physical exam could feel enlarged ovaries, but the term "blocked ovaries" is not something that is noted on a typical exam. ...Read more

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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 more

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Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

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 more

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During a pelvic exam, what kind of things is the doctor usually testing for?

During a pelvic exam, what kind of things is the doctor usually testing for?

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 more

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I have to go for my first pelvic exam tomorrow. What if I have to pee really bad during it?

I have to go for my first pelvic exam tomorrow. What if I have to pee really bad during it?

Urinate before: You should empty your bladder before the pelvic exam. This will make the exam much more comfortable for you. ...Read more

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Tips on how to decline a pelvic exam during my doctor's visit?

Why Pelvics?: You will not have to convince your doctor--a simple refusal is adequate. However, think twice about refusing if you are due for an exam. Early detection is the key to successfully treating cancers of the breast, cervix, and endometrium. ...Read more

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Is it normal to become sexually aroused during a pelvic exam? When this happens can my doctor tell this is happening to me?

Yes and no: It is normal to get aroused during the exam and no the doctor will not be able to tell during a normal exam. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes likely: If you had bleeding during your pelvic exam then yes it is likely the discharge is related to the bleeding and will likely resolve on its on. ...Read more

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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?

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