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None: No one should be "forced" to have a pelvic examination. However, it is recommended to have yearly exams to evaluate for conditions you would not normally find on your own such as prolapse (dropping of organs), growths, masses, skin/mucosal disease, abnormal discharge, periodic cancer screening... If these exams are uncomfortable for you please communicate this to your doctor. He/she can address ...Read more
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
During vaginal examination I have noticed on the gloves a brownish color blood. What does it means?
This is likely: Older, deoxygenated blood.Get a more detailed answer ›
Speculum: A doctor uses a bivalve instrument, called a speculum, by inserting it gently into the vagina to unfold the vagina to get a look specifically at the cervix and potentially to do swabs for infections and for cervical cancer screening. A bimanual exam is when the doctor enters one or two fingers of the one hand into the vagina and palpates the ovaries and the uterus with the opposing hand. ...Read more
Pelvic examination: An infection after a pelvic examination would be very, very, very rare. More likely there was already a vaginal infection starting that was not bad enough to be picked up yet. ...Read more
Vaginal swelling and itching day after annual pelvic exam. No symptoms prior to exam. What caused this?
I need help with my pelvic exam report. What is having a Virginal Introitus (It's Not vaginal introitus) mean on a pelvic exam? Is my hymen intact?
Description: The vaginal orifice is an introitus that leads to the vaginal canal. Virginal simply refers to the fact that the Doctor dictating the report (whom did your pelvic exam) is under the impression that you are a Virgin. You cannot infer that your hymen is intact purely from this description. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I've had beige vaginal discharge for the past 24 hours. I had a pelvic exam 5 days ago during which I bled from cervix. Could this be related?
Could Virginal Introitus on a pelvic exam in my medical records mean I have an imperforate hymen? It does not say vaginal introitus, but virginal?
No: "Virginal introitus" doesn't have much meaning. It does not mean "imperforate hymen". The reason "virginal introitus" doesn't have much meaning is because a doctor usually cannot tell by looking, whether or not a woman has technically had sexual intercourse (a penis has entered the outermost space of her vaginal area). ...Read more
Is it possible to get cervical or vaginal damage during a pap smear/pelvic exam? Is there a test that can detect this problem? Or can it heal by itself?
Can a doctor diagnosis vaginal pain w/ symptoms and blood work or do they have to do a pelvic exam?
Can a lump on top of the vaginal vault be seen in a pelvic exam? I have a lump that may be obscured by my cervix!
I'm having very heavy vaginal bleeding every other week I went to ER my pelvic exam and blood tests were all normal what do I do bleeding is back?
I have lower left pelvic pain, intense vaginal cramps and bright red bleeding. I'm a virgin can I have PID? Normal pelvic exam. Douched days earlier.
See doctor: Depending on when the pain started and when your period is due there are many causes of pelvic pain. The only way to figure this out is to see your doctor for a physical exam and possible testing. If you have never had unprotected intercourse then there is no way you would have PID. ...Read more
Can the gyn doctor see if you have any STDs from looking at your vaginal area when he does the pelvic exam?
Sometimes: There are some std's that cause vaginal discharge that can be quite distinctive on examination but usually you need confirmatory tests by looking under a microscope or doing a lab test to be sure. Some std's don't have any signs or symptoms in girls and the only way to diagnose them is to do a routine screen. For example gonorrhea and chlamydia are tested routinely in girls under 25 due to risks. ...Read more
I have pelvic pain and a vaginal rash, have to have a pelvic exam but I am on the final end of my period can I wear a tampon?
No: You will have to take the tampon out for the exam if that is what the doctor decides needs to be done. ...Read more
During annual well-woman check-ups, in the pelvic exam, does the doctor also examine for visual signs of vaginal and vulva cancers?
Yes: Yes, this is done at every exam. ...Read more
Help im virgin suffering vaginal &anus itching vaginal discharge varying white &yellow color odorless my gyn diagnosed it as pinworms no pelvic exam!
Have exam done: It would be helpful for the MD to actually see the area of infestation to provide a proper treatment. Get a 2nd opinion elsewhere. ...Read more
I have severe vaginal burning. Been tested for uti, bacterial vaginosis, sti's and have have a pelvic exam. Everything is normal they are saying.
Vaginitis: Most cases are due to infection. Irritant vaginitis can be to allergies to condoms, spermicides, soaps, perfumes, douches, lubricants and semen. It can also be caused by hot tubs, abrasion, tissue, tampons or topical medications. Foreign bodies (most commonly retained tampons or condoms) cause extremely malodorous vaginal discharges. Hormonal deficiency is rare at your age. ...Read more
In bimenual pelvic exam of daughter, how doctor check labia minora and majora & anus internally-not externally by inserting 2 fingers in vaginal wall?
Please Clarify: I am sorry, but I do not get the question or the concern. Please explain what you are worried about. Do you think the doctor missed something? ...Read more
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?
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
Normal: It is not uncommon to have cramps after a transvaginal US or pelvic exam, since a foreign body - ultrasound probe or gloved hand often causes release of prostaglandins leading to uterine cramping. Try taking ibuprofen or naproxen for symptoms, then night before and morning of procedure next time to reduce symptoms. ...Read more
Cramping pain after trans-vaginal ultrasound and pelvic examination, why? And normal? Not virgin.
I have some vaginal and cervical prolapse, I have never had a prolapse examination. I'm 30 years old. Can you please give me some info about the exa?
Hi I am getting thick and lots of vaginal discharge my Dr. Says that it don't have thrush. She did a physical examination?
Don't worry!: Your examining physician should be told (by you) that this is your first exam, so s/he can explain the steps and reassure you. Neither examination is painful if properly performed, and you need not be embarrassed or worry one bit. Best wishes. ...Read more
Diet and exercise: Often the flora (bacteria) of our vagina is affected by things like our diet and exercise and sleep and stress. Sometimes an odor can occur in response to outside, e.g. Change in soap, detergent, lubricant, new sex partner, etc. I recommend trying to find reason for odor first, and then try to treat with probiotics or making more of the good bacteria, lactobacilli. If still bothersome, see a md. ...Read more