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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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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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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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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

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What is the definition or description of: speculum?

What is the definition or description of: speculum?

Speculum: 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 as pap smear testing. ...Read more

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A little blood during a check with a speculum?

Who used speculum?: If your doctor performed the speculum examination, she/he would be the right person to ask. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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Hello! I was wondering if the extreme pain I experienced today when the speculum was taken out, could be caused by it pinching something inside of me?

Possibly: It might have caught some tissue and pinched it. If vagina was particularly dry - there could have been friction. If speculum was overly large - it might have been a tight fit. ...Read more

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Can I examine my own vagina without a speculum?

Can I examine my own vagina without a speculum?

Sure, but...: It's a simple task if just looking for lost objects, such as a missing tampon. Not hard to do if checking to see if IUD strings are still there. Trying to examine the cervix and the front/back/side walls of one's own vagina is much harder (even for contortionists), in part because one needs to have examined many other vaginas in order to know what looks normal and what looks odd. It's not easy. ...Read more

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Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Odd question: There is a small sized speculum designed for visualizing the cervix on virginal patients. Pap smears are not usually collected on patients unless they are sexually active, which would not require the small speculum. ...Read more

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How bad does it hurt to get a pap smear with speculum?

Should not hurt : Pap smears are a proven way to reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer by early detection. Although vaginal pressure may be felt, it should not cause pain. If painful, the usual cause is vaginal tightening around the speculum. Try to keep the vaginal area tense-free for a "painless" pap. ...Read more

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Can a large speculum permanently stretch out your vagina?

Can a large speculum permanently stretch out your vagina?

No: Vagina if very elastic and can return to its normal tone easily. ...Read more

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Problem in doing intercourse from last 5 yrs. It pains. Even speculum can't be inserted.? Why?

Problem in doing intercourse from last 5 yrs. It pains. Even speculum can't be inserted.? Why?

Intercourse pain: Pain during intercourse can be related to depression and other mental health issues. It can also be related to prior sexual assault. Poor lubrication can also lead to pain during intercourse. I would recommend discussing this issue with your regular doctor to discuss this issue and considering lubricant use during intercourse. This can be a difficult issue to resolve. ...Read more