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Am i able to get a full pelvic exam while menstruating?

Am i able to get a full pelvic exam while menstruating?

Depends: If your bleeding is very heavy, it may be difficult to read your pap smear, even with the liquid based paps. However, if you only have light bleeding this should not be a problem. ...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 think I may have an STD and want to be checked, can I still get a pelvic exam while menstruating?

Yes and no: Many women hesitate to have pelvic exams during their periods, but their docs generally don't care. The main STD tests (e.g. gonorrhea and chlamydia) and exam of sores are fine any time. However, infections that depend on tests of vaginal fluid (trichomonas, yeast, bacterial vaginosis) are best at other times. If your symptoms are severe, disregard your period and get seen ASAP. Otherwise wait. ...Read more

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At what age do they stop doing pelvic exams? Hysterectomy

At what age do they stop doing pelvic exams?  Hysterectomy

For life: We recommend that pelvic exams be done for your entire life. Sometimes pap smears are not necessary later in life, though. The frequency of both should be recommended by your gynecologist based upon your individual history. ...Read more

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Can one be sedated or given pain medication if pelvic exams are painful?

Can one be sedated or given pain medication if pelvic exams are painful?

Not usually: A pelvic exam really should not be painful, if it is then that tells the examiner that something is wrong, and that needs to be investigated. Some patients have pain just with touch in the genital area, that may be a reflex response that relates to past experiences, it needs to be dealt with so a patient can have sexual relations. I have never sedated a patient for a normal exam. ...Read more

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How do doctors handle pelvic exams for virgins? Quick answer would really help

You don't need one : If you have never been sexually active you do not need an internal exam unless you are having a concern, like pain, discharge, bleeding problems. ...Read more

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Pelvic exams are always very painful for me. I do have endometriosis. What does this mean?

Pelvic exams are always very painful for me. I do have endometriosis. What does this mean?

Makes sense: Those two very often go together. If you do not have a certain (surgical) diagnosis of endometriosis, painful exams doe snot mean that's what it is. Treatment of the endo is the solution to the problem. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis and pelvic exams are always very painful for me. what does this mean?

I have endometriosis and pelvic exams are always very painful for me. what does this mean?

Multiple reasons: You could have multiple different reasons for pain during and after exams. You may have pelvic floor muscle spasms, vulvodynia, endometriosis, painful bladder syndrome among others. You should be carefully evaluated by pelvic pain specialist. ...Read more

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What is the recommendation for a 28 yr old virgin regarding pelvic exams? Do I need to do them? Thanks.

What is the recommendation for a 28 yr old virgin regarding pelvic exams? Do I need to do them? Thanks.

Standards: The common standard for this exam is starting within 6 months of initial sexual activity or age 21. There are ways to modify the exam on virginal patients, using ultrasound and special speculums. Verifying the presence and size of uterine and ovarian structures is important.There are risks of having the equipment whether you are sexually active or not. ...Read more

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What is a pelvic exam?

What is a pelvic exam?

Genital(gentle)check: It is a gentle examination both with an instrument(specula) and digitally of the pelvic and surrounding structures conducted by a MD in his/her office to check for abnormalities. It often includes a pap smear to check to cervical cancer. ...Read more

Menstruation (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more