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Pelvic Exam Tutorial
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
1st gyne exam: You'll want to let the doctor know it's your 1st exam. Stay dressed to meet ; talk. The doctor will have you undress, lay back ; put your feet in "stirrups". He/she will gently examine the outside, place a "speculum" in the vagina to hold the walls open to be examined, look at the cervix ; finally place 1 or 2 lubricated fingers inside to feel the uterus ; ovaries. Ideally, this will not hurt. ...Read more
For various reasons: There are age appropriate screening tests that are recommended by appropriate authorities even though you do not have any condition. One of them is the pap smear. You can not have the test without kind of pelvic examination. On the other hand if you have pap smear done to you, it is really important you have your uterus, ovaries and the vaginal wall checked with one go. If pelvic organ complaint. ...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
Depends on variables: With today's noninvasive medical devices like ultrasound & ct, the need for a manual pelvic exam is not as pressing. It is needed if the 16 yo is sexually active and has any signs of conditions related to that activity. If not active, most delay the pelvic to within 2 yrs of becoming sexually active or 21 yo. ...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 more
Entirely yes: Any paps or samples taken from scraping the cervix can stir up bleeding from the mucous lining. Also just the pressure of the speculum can do the same. If, however, it lasts more than two or three days there is probably another reason and you should check back with your gyn. ...Read more
No: More than a decade ago it was. But little is gained on rectal exam as part of a routine gyne visit. If there are rectal symptoms, then this is a different story. ...Read more
Please read about: It on the internet as u can find many explanations of what is done and why and I assume u never had one or u would not be asking this?, but your gyn should explain what he or she is going to do before the exam and why it is done I always do that for my pts on their first exam! ...Read more
Depends: It all depends on what your daughter wants. If your presence calms her it is very apropiate. The earlier the girls age the more likely she will need you there for the pelvic. ...Read more
Cervicitis: Lyou may need cultures or other tests depending on what infection about which you are worried.Cervicitis can be caused by a variety of organisms. Only a few of the types organisms that can cause it are detectable with a wet prep. A pap smear is a test for cervical cancer or precancerous lesions. ...Read more
Not needed: Sedation will not be needed. Hopefully your Obgyn is used to dealing with people for their first exam. That makes a big difference. Fear and anxiety cause people to tense up and tighten their muscles making it more challenging. Staying calm and staying relaxed is key. A good doctor should be able to guide you through this and make it painless and easy. ...Read more
I got a pelvic exam done yesterday and my dr. Told me my uteus was pushed back. What does that mean?
Likely nothing: You should certainly ask for clarification. The location on the uterus varies widely from person to person. Each persons uterus will be slightly different just like the rest of our body. ...Read more
I'm 19 and still a virgin can I pass the pre hire physical if I refuse a pelvic exam for that reason!
Yikes!: I can't imagine any pre-employment physical that would require a full pelvic exam - that is one of the most invasive things I have ever heard. A pelvic exam is not even recommended anymore until age 21, so if you are 19 y/o, it would not even be part of a routine exam yet. If whoever you are planning to work for is requiring a pelvic exam as part of hire, I would seriously consider another job! ...Read more
In a few months I'm supposed to have a pelvic exam. I'm 21 years old and a virgin. What will the exam include?
Its quick: You and your doctor will chat about why you are there. If an exam is needed, It may involved just looking at the outside. Sometimes (If the hymen permits) a small speculum is inserted into the vagina. Swabs of the cervix 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
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