Top
10
Doctor insights on: Painful Pelvic Exam

Share
Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
311 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Can't seem to relax during pelvic exam. Get really tense and makes whole thing painful and stressful. What can I do?

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

3

3
Will a pelvic exam be painful if I have never been sexually active?

Will a pelvic exam be painful if I have never been sexually active?

Ask For A Slow Touch: Ask that exact same question to your doctor before he or she starts the exam. In most instances the discomfort can be minimized if they'll take the time to accomodate to your situation. If not, just say "please,stop" and go from there. However,I wouldn't worry too much; most doctors are trained in proper technique and as long as there's no big rush (which there shouldn't be) you'll do just fine ...Read more

4

4
Should a pelvic exam be painful? It wasn't just discomfort/tightness, it burned very badly and did not go away until it was over. I am a virgin.

Should a pelvic exam be painful? It wasn't just discomfort/tightness, it burned very badly and did not go away until it was over. I am a virgin.

Pelvic exam: I'm sorry that you had a painful exam. A pelvic exam can sometimes be painful especially in a virgin or in women who are in menopause. Usually the doctor would only do an exam in a 19 year old virgin if it was absolutely necessary based on some symptoms. A "routine" exam in a 19 y/o virgin isn't recommended. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
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

7

7
Had a full pelvic exam& pap came back normal once a week I have a extremely painful feeling like something is squeezing my ovaries could this be pof?

Had a full pelvic exam& pap came back normal once a week I have a extremely painful feeling like something is squeezing my ovaries could this be pof?

Sounds intestinal : While gynecological causes certainly are possible this sounds more like an intestinal problem. You certainly could ask for a repeat pelvic exam and an ultrasound to make sure. Then schedule a visit with a gastroenterologist or primary care doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

8

8
Intense cramp pain following pelvic exam. Should I call doc? Is this normal? Exam was also painful.

Intense cramp pain following pelvic exam. Should I call doc? Is this normal? Exam was also painful.

Pain correlation: The painful exam may be correlated to the present cramping pain. Give your examining MD a call and see if there were other findings at the exam that also may have been a cause. ...Read more

9

9
I am 20, have long (approx 2 weeks) heavy, painful peroids and never had a pelvic exam. My mother had same issues and endometriosis, am I at risk?

I am 20, have long (approx 2 weeks) heavy, painful peroids and never had a pelvic exam. My mother had same issues and endometriosis, am I at risk?

Menses 3-4x/year: If you only have a cycle every 3-4 months, this may be another reason you have such painful cycles. The endometrium builds up and when the lining does shed (menses), the increased amount can cause prolonged & painful cycles. This also places you at risk for hyperplasia (precancerous endometrium) & you would benefit from an evaluation & hormonal rx (ocps, or Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 10 of 30 days). Take care. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers