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Will a male doc leave the room for a female physical exam, scared to go get one done have sores on my vagina if he does not leave can I ask him to?

Will a male doc leave the room for a female physical exam, scared to go get one done have sores on my vagina if he does not leave can I ask him to?

It is time: You have a medical problem that requires an examination. You need this examination to get better. You are 46 years old. It is time to be an adult and have your exam. If you think for one moment that the doctor, male or female, will have any inappropriate thoughts about your skin then you are mistaken. We see skin every single day of our lives. It is skin and it must be examined. Go to the doctor! ...Read more

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I have a pelvic exam with speculum and it really hurts. Now I have sharp pains in vagina when I sit down or move. I'm 25 weeks and very worried for baby?

I have a pelvic exam with speculum and it really hurts. Now I have sharp pains in vagina when I sit down or move. I'm 25 weeks and very worried for baby?

Pain: It's probably round ligament pain and certainly you can try taking some tylenol (acetaminophen) or acetominophen to see if it relieves it. However, it never hurts to call your OB physician or midwife and ask if they want you monitored for labor and checked for infection. ...Read more

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I've experienced pain & burning on one side of my vulva & just inside my vagina for 4 weeks. It hurts mainly during sex. 2 gynos did exam & said nothing is wrong. Since it's now been a month, I'm wondering if I should seek a rx?

I've experienced pain & burning on one side of my vulva & just inside my vagina for 4 weeks. It hurts mainly during sex. 2 gynos did exam & said nothing is wrong. Since it's now been a month, I'm wondering if I should seek a rx?

See MD again: Jen, I would recommend you get checked for herpes as that is the outline of the perineal nerve. Also, if its vestibulodynia, no one treatment is effective for all patients. A number of measures can be taken to prevent irritation and several medications can be used to treat the condition. ...Read more

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When they do a breast exam and check outside your vagina, what is that called?

When they do a breast exam and check outside your vagina, what is that called?

Routine Exams: Breast, vulvar and internal examinations are routine for women who are concerned about their sexual health but most especially for the first time among those young women who are planning to get married and start a family. If there is family history of cancer or suspicion of std, then a more thorough history and pe are indicated with additional radiologic and laboratory tests. ...Read more

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4wks PP 3rd degree tear noticed pink mass inside my vag dr did pelvic exam said no prolapse then what could that be inside vagina ?

4wks PP 3rd degree tear noticed pink mass inside my vag dr did pelvic exam said no prolapse then what could that be inside vagina ?

Examination: An obgyn will need to examine you to see what you are seeing. The pink mass could be normal vaginal tissue. Sometimes granulation tissue is exposed after severe tears. This could be what you are seeing. An examination should be done and the answer will be easy. ...Read more

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In a checkup for GW, the Dr touched my public area by gloves then performed a pelvic exam with the same gloves. Can hpv transmit to my vagina by glove?

In a checkup for GW, the Dr touched my public area by gloves then performed a pelvic exam with the same gloves. Can hpv transmit to my vagina by glove?

Already there: If you had HPV in your pubic area it would already have plenty of access to your vagina. Past sexual activity or routine self care in the area would provide more exposure than a simple exam with a set of gloves. The gloves are there to prevent germ transfer from the examiners hands to you (and back to them). New gloves for every stage of an exam are unnecessary. ...Read more

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My vagina spasms/twitches and I have to push to pee. Spasms even when I'm just sitting/laying down. Hurts a lot, no UTI and just had well woman exam.?

My vagina spasms/twitches and I have to push to pee. Spasms even when I'm just sitting/laying down. Hurts a lot, no UTI and just had well woman exam.?

Depends: Did you discuss this with your doctor at your recent well women exam because I would imagine some findings on your physical exam. You might need to see an urogynecologist, or someone who specializes in pelvic prolapse.

That's one cause of discomfort and these symptoms could be a lot of different things. ...Read more

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Anal and vagina itching for a week.went for my annual pap. I always use condom. Dr in external exam found nthg, had my vacines. What could be the reason?

Anal and vagina itching for a week.went for my annual pap. I always use condom. Dr in external exam found nthg, had my vacines. What could be the reason?

No soap?: A new soap, detergent, fabric softener, fragrance or brand of panty liner or pad(generic ones seem to be more irritating the last couple of years) may be causing irritation. If any of these are new, stop them, it may be causing local irritation. Also, over-cleaning (too often or too much soap or a harsh soap) can cause dryness which can lead to itching. ...Read more

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My vagina has been burning. Started shortly after Pap test and pelvic exam on Thursday. It is now Sunday. Possibly just irritation? I'm scared! Thanks

My vagina has been burning. Started shortly after Pap test and pelvic exam on Thursday. It is now Sunday. Possibly just irritation? I'm scared! Thanks

Test results: I would contact your physician and find out if any infections or abnormalities were detected. If not then try an over the counter cream such as Prevaleaf Soothe. If an infection such as yeast was detected then a prescription is needed. ...Read more

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Itching at the opening of the vagina almost 1 month. Pelvic exam normal pap test and swab test normal no discharge no odor just itching.any ideas??

Itching at the opening of the vagina almost 1 month. Pelvic exam normal pap test and swab test normal no discharge no odor just itching.any ideas??

Could potentially be: Herpes, though I am not sure you are at risk for this. You can see your doctor to have the test performed since you are having symptoms (often itching/burning can occur). Other causes could include allergic irritation from any products you use around your vagina (maxi-pad, detergent from panties, etc). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi, I had an appt with my obgyn yesterday I had an exam bcuz my vagina fells hard, II had my last period june 18 nd some brown spotting july 18, I had a blood test done I'm waiting I think I am preg?

Hi, I had an appt with my obgyn yesterday I had an exam bcuz my vagina fells hard, II had my last period june 18 nd some brown spotting july 18, I had a blood test done I'm waiting I think I am preg?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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If my uti test comes back clear and my vagina is still sore, how can I get a pelvic exam being so sore swollen?? Protrusion from vagina. Sensitive :(

If my uti test comes back clear and my vagina is still sore, how can I get a pelvic exam being so sore swollen?? Protrusion from vagina. Sensitive :(

UTI is an infection: Of the bladder, not the vagina. A clear UTI doesn't mean you don't have a vaginal infection. If you're too sore to tolerate a pelvic exam with a speculum, tests for vaginitis can be done using a Q-tip to collect a specimen. If you have a vaginal infection, it can be treated. Once the swelling has resolved, a thorough pelvic exam can then be done. Best wishes! Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Have PID finish meds. Dif pelvic exam and doc said down there inflamed. When open lips of vagina there is line going down and it is red from top. Cau?

Have PID finish meds. Dif pelvic exam and doc said down there inflamed.  When open lips of vagina there is line going down and it is red from top. Cau?

Maybe Yeast: I think you asked a question yesterday about inflammation. That's great finished meds. When you open lips and there is a line of red, that could be a yeast infection, which is common to get when you are on antibiotics. You can get a check from doctor to confirm, or you can try some otc anti-fungal. ...Read more

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My daughter is a virgin and has had serious itching around/on vagina only when she itches red bumps appear around her vagina no needles or pelvic exam?

My daughter is a virgin and has had serious itching around/on vagina only when she itches red bumps appear around her vagina no needles or pelvic exam?

Vaginal itching: Virgins can still get yeast infections, ingrown hairs, abscesses and Bartholin's cysts. It is important to find out what is causing the itching and/or the bumps. No internal exam or needle should be necessary. ...Read more

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A couple skin tags now 1 tiny one inside vagina one outside. Had Pap smear in April was normal also pelvic exam, doctor said all was well.what could it?

A couple skin tags now 1 tiny one inside vagina one outside. Had Pap smear in April was normal also pelvic exam, doctor said all was well.what could it?

Warts?: You need to be checked again to be sure these are not venereal warts, which can be sexually transmitted. See your doctor again. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left pelvic pain for 3 days. When I move my bowels I see red blood(frm vagina) been spotn brown. On bc pills for pcos & normal pelvic exam. Serious?

Left pelvic pain for 3 days. When I move my bowels I see red blood(frm vagina) been spotn brown. On bc pills for pcos & normal pelvic exam. Serious?

Hard to say: I would recommend a full history and physical by your doctor or at an emergency room given your symptoms. This way we can give you the best diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Severe burning in vagina, doctor did pap, pelvic exam, what else could this be, I am in pain burns when I pee, can not see doc for one week help me?

Severe burning in vagina, doctor did pap, pelvic exam, what else could this be, I am in pain burns when I pee, can not see doc for one week help me?

Pain in vagina: Burning and pain in the vagina and with voiding sounds like an infection. Either fungal/yeast or bacterial. Best to get a urine culture and have your physician recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Pelvic exam Pap — blood work -good — vaginal sores =ingrown hair — why does it still feel like my vagina is on fire don't see my doc again for 7 days?

Pelvic exam Pap — blood work -good — vaginal sores =ingrown hair — why does it still feel like my vagina is on fire don't see my doc again for 7 days?

Vaginal sores?: Did the doctor see those vaginal sores and ell your what they were? If not, see the MD again be sure to have them evaluated and treated. In grown hair infections can produce soreness, but so does herpes. ...Read more

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Please can you help I am experiencing itching around the outer area of vagina this is not anywhere in the area it's self?

Multiple causes: Itching in this area may be due to an irritant dermatitis or yeast infection or other rashes such as scabies. Use unscented products only and consult a physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Self-conscious about my vagina during birth, what to do?

Self-conscious about my vagina during birth, what to do?

It's a challenge: Maintaining modesty during childbirth is not completely possible. You can certainly limit the exams to some degree and restrict the number of people in the room, but by the end you're overwhelming focus will simply be to get the baby out. Likewise, the professionals who will be helping you will have a similar focus. Don't let a misplaced sense of modesty distract you from an amazing experience! ...Read more

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Why does my vagina still feel wetafter having sex hours ago? I had sex earlyer today and 3 hours later I felt my self wet.

Why does my vagina still feel wetafter having sex hours ago? I had sex earlyer today and 3 hours later I felt my self wet.

There : There are a few reasons for this. The cervical secretions that were released prior to and during sex remain in the vagina for hours, and will actually leak out afterward, also if you had unprotected sex and your partner ejaculated inside of you, semen can leak out for hours as well. ...Read more