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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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How are exams performed during gynecologist visits?

How are exams performed during gynecologist visits?

With the doctor's...: With his hands, eyes, ears, and nose. A stethoscope helps him hear sounds in the chest and abdomen. Several types of electric lights help him better see the mouth, throat, vulva, vagina, and cervix. Magnifying glasses are sometimes used. A vaginal speculum holds the vaginal walls apart so he can look inside. Gloves protect his hands as he checks inside the vagina with 2 fingers. All very routine. ...Read more

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Do u have to get an internal exam at the gyno if ur 20 but a virgin? I'm so nervous cause one finger even hurts. Is it necessary if I'm still a virgin

Do u have to get an internal exam at the gyno if ur 20 but a virgin? I'm so nervous cause one finger even hurts. Is it necessary if I'm still a virgin

Doubt it: Most recommend a true pelvic after the initiation of sexual encounters or age 21, whichever is first. Many of the organ issues the are evaluated at such visits can be assessed by ultrasound, and/or the docs have specialized equipment to work with virginal patients. Just be very open about your status & it shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Would a gyno exam include an armpit exam?

Would a gyno exam include an armpit exam?

Yes: A complete gynecological exam includes breast exam, axilla, supraclavicular and neck lymph nodes. Pelvic exam to include inguinal area examination as well. ...Read more

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What to expect for gyno exam?

What to expect for gyno exam?

A few things: The regular, general exam you get from every physician (since we are also primary care docs), speculum exam (the metallic/plastic duckbill thing that goes in the vagina to allow the doc to see you vagina and cervix), maybe Pap smear (brush collecting surface cells from the cervix/vagina), rarely a biopsy (which your doctor should let you know beforehand), bimanual exam, maybe rectovaginal exam, etc ...Read more

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What should I expect for a first pelvic exam?

What should I expect for a first pelvic exam?

Pelvic Exam: You should expect an examination of your pelvic area, vaginal exam, pap smear and other tests as needed. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What do you do at your first gyno exam?

Need doctor's help! What do you do at your first gyno exam?

Depends: On age of patient and expectations. Sometimes with youngest patients or those very anxious we may try to reset expectations and ask patient to come back; otherwise, a Gyn exam comprises a regular physical exam, speculum exam, pelvic (bimanual palpation), and rectovaginal exam. ...Read more

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Had 2-3 outbreaks of HPV in 2001 nothing since; gyno exam confirmed; do I still have HPV and will warts appear again one day?

Had 2-3 outbreaks of HPV in 2001 nothing since; gyno exam confirmed; do I still have HPV and will warts appear again one day?

Genital warts: Hpv may lie dormant and you could go without symptoms (assuming the hpv is causative for your genital warts) for quite some time, then they may recur as well. Hopefully, you will stay well and have no more outbreaks. Best wishes. ...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

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Why does my pelvic exam hurted?

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 more

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First pelvic exam, what is involved?

First pelvic exam, what is involved?

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

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How is it that I should get a pelvic exam?

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

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What happens when going in for a pelvic exam?

What happens when going in for a pelvic exam?

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

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When I took my pelvic exam it hurted my pelvic?

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. They need to look for the reason. ...Read more

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How can I relax during pelvic exam?

How can I relax during pelvic exam?

You're in charge: First and foremost, know that you are in charge. You need to voice your concerns and fears with your MD. He or she should then be able to talk you through it. Keep breathing, otherwise you will tense up and make it more uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Will a pelvic exam hurt if I'm a virgin?

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

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What happens during a female pelvic exam?

What happens during a female pelvic exam?

A lot: A pelvic exam is an uncomfortable part of being a woman. The goal of the pelvic exam is to look at the vulva, vagina and cervix, and ensure there are no problems. That is done with a speculum. The uterus and ovaries are then palpated to evaluate for any large masses. The entire exam is usually less than 5 min. ...Read more

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How do you know that your pelvic exam was normal?

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 more

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At what age should I receive my first pelvic exam?

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 more

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What can I expect when going in for a pelvic exam?

What can I expect when going in for a pelvic exam?

Cancer check: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. The doctor will inserrt a speculum into the vagina to look at the cervix and take a sample of cervical cells to send to the lab. ...Read more

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Please explain what happends during a pelvic exam?

Please explain what happends during a pelvic exam?

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

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I have never had a pelvic exam, should I get one yet?

I have never had a pelvic exam, should I get one yet?

HPV testing: A 41 y/o woman, who is sexually active should have HPV testing done to assess her risk for cervical cancer (this is done by a swab from the cervix through the vagina). If she has a family history of breast cancer, she may also want to have a screening mammogram done. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pelvic exam?

Pelvic exam: 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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have pain in a pelvic exam?

Many reasons: There are a lot of possible reasons. It depends on where the pain is located. You should let the examiner know about the pain. The possible reasons include thinning tissue as a woman enters menopause, infections, muscle spasms, pelvic masses, scar tissue and others. ...Read more

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A pelvic exam is recommended for females, what about for males?

A pelvic exam is recommended for females, what about for males?

Good question: Men do not much pelvic content as their organs of reproduction are external. The prostate gland, which only males have, is behind the lining of the pelvis, and can and should be examined rectally in men. ...Read more

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During pelvic exam found non specific fluid in pelvic what does this mean?

During pelvic exam found non specific fluid in pelvic what does this mean?

Nothing.: It's normal to have some non-specific fluid in the pelvis as long as it's not too much. Fluid in the abdomen and pelvis helps keeps things moist. ...Read more

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Is 15 to young to have a pelvic exam because have feeling somethings wrong?

No, but she may: Need time alone with her pediatrician, an adolescent medicine specialist or a gynecologist who is comfortable treating adolescents. All pediatricians have training in adolescent medicine. Start by taking her to her trusted pediatrician, who will either be able to make a diagnosis or determine if she needs to see a specialist. ...Read more

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What happens in a pelvic exam? Will it hurt if I already have pain in that area?

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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What is a pelvic exam good for if all they do is feel you down there without doing anything else?

Depends: It is helpful for identifying if (or which) pelvic organs (the uterus, ovaries, bladder) are causing pain, or are tender on exam. Sometimes (in thin patients) it is helpful to identify a cyst on an ovary, or if the uterus is enlarged (in the case of pregnancy or if a woman has fibroids). ...Read more

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I'm aged 22 and I'm a virgin and I just wondered if its still required for me to have a Pelvic Exam?

Recommended: I recommend that anyone sexually active have a GYN exam. If as in your case, you are not, I recommend having an initial exam somewhere around your age as good routine healthcare and so that any questions you may have can be addressed. ...Read more

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I am about to have my first pelvic exam and I am very nervous what can I expect? What will they be doing

I am about to have my first pelvic exam and I am very nervous what can I expect? What will they be doing

Pelvic exam: A pelvic exam will consist of both an external (feeling outside the genitals) and an internal (feeling inside the vagina) exam. The internal exam will be with both the doctors fingers and a speculum (an instrument to better visualize your cervix). Your doctor should be able to tell you what he or she is doing with each step of the exam. Try to relax throughout the exam. ...Read more

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Do men usually go back to the exam room with their wife or girlfriend when they get their full physical & pelvic exam?

No: Most men go with their wife for a pregnancy check or ultrasound. Usually for gynecological exam like infection check, it is best for women to go alone so they can discuss their issues in privacy and openly. ...Read more

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What's 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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Should I stay in the room while my daughter gets her first pelvic exam?

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

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What age should a girl have first pelvic exam?

What age should a girl have first pelvic exam?

Depends: Currently am college of obgyne recommends that adolescents have 1st visit age 13-15 w/o exam to meet gyne, discuss issues related to gyne/ reproductive health. Pelvic exam is not required to intiiate birth control. Pelvic exam at 19 years old, depending on medical history. Pap testing beginning no later than age 21. ...Read more

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Dr felt a mass while doing a pelvic exam. What could it be?

Many possibilities: There are many causes of pelvic masses. Uterine fibroids are very common, as are ovarian cysts. Cancer can also cause a pelvic mass. You need further evaluation, such as a pelvic ultrasound exam, in order to determine the nature of the mass and plan the appropriate therapy if necessary ...Read more

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