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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 other hand up top.
Ask the doctor: A pelvic exam includes a bimanual exam as well as a pap smear and a visual evaluation of the cervix. The pap smear results usually take 4-5 days to come back. The rest, the doctor or nurse practitioner who did the exam can tell you during the exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
21: Previous guidelines recommended that every woman have a pelvic exam by the age of 21 or 3 years after the onset of sexual activity. However, newer recommendations omit the 3-year rule and simply state that women should have their exam by age 21. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pelvic exam: A pelvic exam is an uncomfortable exam both physically and sometimes mentally for some patients. It should not cause pain. If it did you should take to the health care provider who did the exam to make sure that they know so they can look for the reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: The first pelvic exam is usually more scary than painful. If you have used a tampon, it should feel no more painful than that. If not, it may be a strange sensation to have any touching in that area, but concentrating on letting your muscles go loose and letting your legs fall apart is helpful. Your doctor will help explain what to expect to avoid any surprises. ...Read more
Find a gentle doctor: A complete pelvic exam involves both insertion of a speculum into the vagina so the doctor can look at the vagina and cervix, and something called a bimanual exam so the doctor can feel the size and shape of the uterus, tubes and ovaries. Sometimes the exam is complemented by a sonogram. As long as you find a gentle doctor who will go slowly and gently it is nothing to be afraid of. ...Read more
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