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Really nervous about vaginal exam, speculum always hurts and i can never relax enough. What can I do and how uncomfortable is rectal exam?

Really nervous about vaginal exam, speculum always hurts and i can never relax enough. What can I do and how uncomfortable is rectal exam?

Uncomfortable: Both the vaginal and rectal exams are uncomfortable, but should not be painful. You can request a smaller speculum. They come in different sizes. Try to relax the muscles on the inside of your thighs by letting your legs fall open. That will reduce the pressure of the speculum. ...Read more

Speculum (Definition)

Refers to an instrument that can be placed inside a structure and the arms open to expose the interior of that structure. In gynecology, a speculum refers to the instrument placed in the vagina, opened slightly to expose the cervix for examinations such ...Read more


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Plastic speculums for pelvic exams are pre-opened. Why do they have to be open all the way? .

Plastic speculums for pelvic exams are pre-opened.  Why do they have to be open all the way? .

Speculum: The speculum has to be opened a little more to spread apart the wall of the vagina so that the cervix can be seen. ...Read more

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Can a speculum from a vaginal exam cause an injury that leads to pain in the perineum area (while wiping) and a swollen lymph node in groin for a week?

Probably not, but...: It's unlikely the speculum exam caused this problem. I wouldn't say it's impossible, but I would want to know the reason for your pelvic exam a week ago and whether that problem is the cause of your symptoms. Either way, contact the doctor's office; they'll want to check this out. Good luck. ...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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What do you do when the speulum breaks inside you during a yearly exam, and your left feeling embarssed? I went for my yearly exam today and while the doctor was adjusting (opening) the speculum, the speculum broke inside of me. She turned to the nurse an

What do you do when the speulum breaks inside you during a yearly exam, and your left feeling embarssed? I went for my yearly exam today and while the doctor was adjusting (opening) the speculum, the speculum broke inside of me. She turned to the nurse an

I : I am sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. Your doctor definitely could have handled the situation a little differently. Her saying "i have to get out of here" and walking out so abruptly was inappropriate and inconsiderate because it made you feel uncomfortable. Please take into consideration the fact that doctors are human and make mistakes like everyone else. Where you go from here is completely up to you. You can chalk it up as an unfortunate situation forgive the doctor and move on; you can call or visit the doctor and tell her that her words and/or actions made you uncomfortable and embarassed, lastly you can contact the doctor's supervisor (if applicable) or office manager and ask how you make a formal complaint. The choice is yours. Regardless of how what you do, i hope you can find a way to get over what happened. Take care. ...Read more

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Im a vigin , and i will go to a gyn exam soon , mom says its time , im 22, what should I expect? Will the speculum break my hymen? Will it hurt?

It may be stressful: Cervical dysplasia, what look for by pap, is only relevant in the presence of a sexually transmitted virus, hpv. Though recommended to get a pap at 21, you may kindly decline the speculum and pap. They will want 2 check your organs by hand exam;no symptoms, unlikely to find a problem there either.Tell doctor the situation and decline speculum if stressed; we don't want 1st vist 2 b too stressful. ...Read more

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If nothing--sex, etc.--has torn the hymen around introitus, then how is it that the dr. Had to stitch it up during the exam under anesthesia? He stitched it up after he hit it with the speculum.

If nothing--sex, etc.--has torn the hymen around introitus, then how is it that the dr. Had to stitch it up during the exam under anesthesia?  He stitched it up after he hit it with the speculum.

Uncertain findings: Call the examining physician. A torn hymen does not usually require suturing; however if there was extensive tearing, that may be the reason. Good idea to call the examining physician. ...Read more

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I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & Pap smear. I'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. Will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & Pap smear. I'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. Will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

Not to worry.: Women and girls may be judged by their happiness, their friendliness, and many other wonderful traits, but not by the condition of their hymens. It makes absolutely no difference whether a person has a big hymen, little hymen, broken hymen, unbroken hymen, etc... One need not worry about hymens when seeing her doctor, as it cannot matter in a free, modern, equitable society. ...Read more

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How does an ob/gyn decide what size speculum to use during pelvic exam?

How does an ob/gyn decide what size speculum to use during pelvic exam?

Speculum: The speculum size is usually chosen based upon patient age and birth status. It helps the physician with visualization to use the largest speculum that fits comfortably. There should be no pain or discomfort during an exam. If so, ask your ob/gyn to use a smaller speculum. ...Read more