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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

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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'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?

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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Went to gyno recently for Papsmear & realized later on that my dr. Did not do the usual pelvic exam part. Is this bad that she skipped it this time?

Went to gyno recently for Papsmear & realized later on that my dr. Did not do the usual pelvic exam part. Is this bad that she skipped it this time?

Not bad: If you do not have any symptoms, missing a pelvic examination at the time of PAP smear is not something to be concerned about. You should bring it up with your gyno at the next visit.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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If I were 8 - 9 weeks pregnant would a thorough pelvic exam from a gyno be able to confirm?

If I were 8 - 9 weeks pregnant would a thorough pelvic exam from a gyno be able to confirm?

Very probably: Obstetrician/gynecologists are trained in detecting enlargements of the uterus, and an 8 to 9 week pregnancy should clearly be detected. HOWEVER, this is highly influenced by the body mass of the woman. If a woman is obese the ability of the obstetrician to accurately feel down to the uterus is compromised. The most reliable exams in this setting is a blood pregnancy test and/or ultrasound. ...Read more

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I'm have pelvic pain, my mom wants me to go to the gyno, because I need a pelvic exam and a full gyno visit but I'm scared. What will happen?

It depends...: The dr will ask you a lot of questions about the pain you ar having, (which helps to identify the causes), then he/she may do an exam- involving use of a device to look inside the vagina, then likely an exam placing 1 gloved index finger inside the vagina pushing up, and one hand on your lower abd. Pushing down to see if your ovaries or uterus are tender. They may not do exam, but sched ultrasound. ...Read more

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Rt breast can see lump when I llean back. I have had gyno exam. Mam sept 2012 ok and us 6/13 said dense fibrograndular tissue. Negative 1? Worry?

Rt breast can see lump when I llean back. I have had gyno exam. Mam sept 2012 ok and us 6/13 said dense fibrograndular tissue. Negative 1? Worry?

Yes: Seek breast surgeon opinion.
Dimpling or distortion is a concerning feature. Palpable mass is a concerning feature even if mammogram not definitive.
Family history and other risks are important also. ...Read more

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Pain on lower ab by ovaries, no period after taking pill. Do I need to see the gyno again for pelvic exam last time it was when almost 18, 2 yrs ago?

Pain on lower ab by ovaries, no period after taking pill. Do I need to see the gyno again for pelvic exam last time it was when almost 18, 2 yrs ago?

Yes: I believe that you are implying that you were not getting a period, and were not able to 'induce' a period using the pill. I hope that my assumption is correct - if I am, this is called 'secondary amenorrhea' if you previously did get a period. This should prompt a more thorough workup of causes and yes, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need family doc. For check ups? Only have specialists. What happens during a check-up? Will they re-do a pelvic exam if I had one w/ gyno in feb?

Do I need family doc. For check ups? Only have specialists. What happens during a check-up? Will they re-do a pelvic exam if I had one w/ gyno in feb?

Family doctor: Yes you do need a family physician to correlate all the data relating to your health. You may see fewer specialists with fewer unnecessary tests done. I doubt your physician (family) would find it necessary to redo recent exams unless there was a concern. ...Read more

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Just went to gyno. For yearly can they tell if you have ovarian cancer? Pap or pelvic exam?

Just went to gyno. For yearly can they tell if you have ovarian cancer? Pap or pelvic exam?

Annual exam: A pap smear is typically done during the annual exam. A pap smear is the test done to detect and prevent cervical cancer. During the pelvic exam the ovaries are felt. This is one of the screening tools to detect ovarian abnormalities. In some cases a sonogram is done to better assess the ovaries. ...Read more

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I had a gyno exam and was diagnosed with chronic vaginitis and given treatment for me and my partner. Does this mean it's an STD? Should I be worried?

I had a gyno exam and was diagnosed with chronic vaginitis and given treatment for me and my partner. Does this mean it's an STD? Should I be worried?

Possibly STD: You should ask your doc who treated you. But the fact that you and your partner were both given treatment seems to point towards an STD. The three most common causes of Vaginitis are Bacterial Vaginosis, Canadidsis, and Trichomoniasis. All of them require antibiotics but when treating STD, you usually treat patient and partner. You should be worried this reoccurs. I advise protection (condom) ...Read more

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Can a gyno tell if pregnant at 12 weeks with pelvic exam? I've had left stomach pain/ bloating. I have had normal periods but think having preg. Sympt

Can a gyno tell if pregnant at 12 weeks with pelvic exam? I've had left stomach pain/ bloating. I have had normal periods but think having preg. Sympt

Some thoughts...: Having a normal regular period means one is not pregnant. Having sex after the period means one could become newly pregnant on the current month. If worried, one can do a urine pregnancy test the week after missing the next period, or at least 3 weeks after having sex. A doctor can tell if there is an enlarged uterus on exam, and might be able to estimate its size, but can use ultrasound verify. ...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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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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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 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