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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Dr. Greenleaf
Gynecology
19 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Why are women forced to undergo a per vaginal examination every year?

Why are women forced to undergo a per vaginal examination every year?

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

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Peter Baumann Dr. Baumann
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine
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What occurs during a vaginal examination?

What occurs during a vaginal examination?

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.

Dr. John Geisler Dr. Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology
23 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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How infection caused by per vaginal examination?

How infection caused by per vaginal examination?

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.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Vaginal swelling and itching day after annual pelvic exam. No symptoms prior to exam. What caused this?

Vaginal swelling and itching day after annual pelvic exam. No symptoms prior to exam. What caused this?

Irritation: Possible irritation reaction to the exam instrument or lubricant if used. Topical steroids may relieve symptoms.

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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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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?

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.

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Dr. Adam Bodian Dr. Bodian
Dermatology
31 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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Do doctors have to do a biopsy to see if I have vaginal eczema or just a pelvic exam?

Do doctors have to do a biopsy to see if I have vaginal eczema or just a pelvic exam?

It depends: There are many skin diseases that may mimic eczema in the vagina area. This is why your dr. May be suggesting that you have a skin biopsy.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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?

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?

Yes likely: If you had bleeding during your pelvic exam then yes it is likely the discharge is related to the bleeding and will likely resolve on its on.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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?

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).

Dr. Joseph Pena Dr. Pena
Fertility Medicine
21 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can a doctor diagnosis vaginal pain w/ symptoms and blood work or do they have to do a pelvic exam?

Can a doctor diagnosis vaginal pain w/ symptoms and blood work or do they have to do a pelvic exam?

Pelvic exam needed: Asking a doctor to diagnose vaginal pain symptoms without a pelvic exam is like taking your car to a mechanic and asking him/her to tell you what the problem is with it without opening the hood.

Dr. Rahil Malik Dr. Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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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'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?

Hormonal pills: It seems you need pills to regulate your menses. They also confer upon you protection from unintended pregnancies. Talk to your GYN for options or set up a consult on healthtap. Best Wishes Dr M

Dr. Zach Patrick Dr. Patrick
Emergency Medicine
9 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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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.

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.

Dr. Carolyn Quist Dr. Quist
Gynecology
31 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can the gyn doctor see if you have any STDs from looking at your vaginal area when he does the pelvic exam?

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.

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Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Help im virgin suffering vaginal &anus itching vaginal discharge varying white &yellow color odorless my gyn diagnosed it as pinworms no pelvic exam!

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.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

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.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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In bimenual pelvic exam of daughter, how doctor check labia minora and majora & anus internally-not externally by inserting 2 fingers in vaginal wall?

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?