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When having a pelvic exam can the doctor accidently tear the hymen while looking at the cervix?

When having a pelvic exam can the doctor accidently tear the hymen while looking at the cervix?

Yes: If the hymen is intact, with rare exceptions, the doctor should not be looking at the cervix. Virginal women cannot have cervical disease. If there is some reason to be looking at the cervix, such as unexplained bleeding or pain or exposure before birth to des or trauma, the exam should be done by a doctor equipped with methods of exam that are less invasive. ...Read more

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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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I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & Pap smear. I'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. Will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & Pap smear. I'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. Will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

Not to worry.: Women and girls may be judged by their happiness, their friendliness, and many other wonderful traits, but not by the condition of their hymens. It makes absolutely no difference whether a person has a big hymen, little hymen, broken hymen, unbroken hymen, etc... One need not worry about hymens when seeing her doctor, as it cannot matter in a free, modern, equitable society. ...Read more

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Whats the pecess of a pelvic exam ? To test the hymen

Whats the pecess of a pelvic exam ? To test the hymen

A pelvic exam: is done to check the vagina and cervix and to do a pap smear to look for pre cancerous cells the hymen is not a part of the exam ...Read more

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I need help with my pelvic exam report. What is having a Virginal Introitus (It's Not vaginal introitus) mean on a pelvic exam? Is my hymen intact?

I need help with my pelvic exam report.  What is having a Virginal Introitus (It's Not vaginal introitus) mean on a pelvic exam?  Is my hymen intact?

Description: The vaginal orifice is an introitus that leads to the vaginal canal. Virginal simply refers to the fact that the Doctor dictating the report (whom did your pelvic exam) is under the impression that you are a Virgin. You cannot infer that your hymen is intact purely from this description. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could Virginal Introitus on a pelvic exam in my medical records mean I have an imperforate hymen? It does not say vaginal introitus, but virginal?

Could Virginal Introitus on a pelvic exam in my medical records mean I have an imperforate hymen? It does not say vaginal introitus, but virginal?

No: "Virginal introitus" doesn't have much meaning. It does not mean "imperforate hymen". The reason "virginal introitus" doesn't have much meaning is because a doctor usually cannot tell by looking, whether or not a woman has technically had sexual intercourse (a penis has entered the outermost space of her vaginal area). ...Read more

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Can a doctor tell if you're sexually active through a pelvic exam?

Doctors and Sex: Most unlikely. That is unless the hymen is obviously damaged or not intact. But, i doubt that any physician would be surprised or judgmental if they thought you were or are sexually active. Most people of a certain age have become sexually active.... Now a physician may be concerned that you need to learn birth control and how to prevent stds. That would be my guess if any reaction is evident. ...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, 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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Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

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

Many do, some dont: 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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What is my doctor checking when he does my pelvic exam?

What is my doctor checking when he does my pelvic exam?

Screening: A routine pelvic exam is predominantly done to sample cells from the cervix for cervical cancer screening. Your doctor may also be looking for warts or cysts or ulcers on your external genitalia, abnormalities in your ovaries, and sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas. ...Read more

Hymen (Definition)

A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes ...Read more