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Pelvic Exam Vs. Pap Smear
Pap vs Pelvic Exam: For a pap, the doctor places a speculum in the vagina and uses a small soft brush to sample some cervical cells. The cells are sent to a lab to check for cervical cancer. A pelvic exam includes a bimanual exam where the provider places a finger in the vagina and uses her other hand on the abdomen. By doing this, the doc/np is able to tell the size of uterus and ovaries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Great question: The papanicolaou test is a specific test that requires the visualization of the cervix. Cells from the cervix are sampled and screened for cancer potential. While a pelvic exam may include the pap test, the exam itself does not require a pap test. A pelvic includes looking at the genitals inside the vagina and out, as well as feeling the internal organs including uterus and ovaries. ...Read more
Different purposes: Your annual gyn exam is your yearly well woman exam. You will undergo a pelvic exam with or without a pap, a breast exam, and be offered std screening depending on your age/risk factors. Your postpartum exam occurs approximately 6 weeks after your baby is born. Its purpose is to make sure that your vagina has healed, your body has returned to normal, and to discuss future contraceptive plans. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pelvic exenteration: There is no such thing as a pelvic "exoneration" although some people mispronounce "exenteration" to make it sound similar. A pelvic exenteration is the removal of most or all pelvic structures (bladder, uterus, rectum) for cancer (usually recurrent) in the pelvic organs (most often cervical cancer). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does it matter in what order you schedule an endometrial biopsy, a pap smear and an ultrasound for postmenoposal bleeding - or timing between them?
Depends on age: Routine gynecologic tests for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea and chlamydia) are the most common tests under age 25, over age 25 it is usually just a pap smear. Swabs may be obtained to rule out infections if an unusual discharge is noted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No OB: A gynecologist does not do obstetrics. Many OB/GYNs will give up the OB as they get older, not wanting the crazy hours most OB/GYNs have. (I often tell my patients when they have been waiting in the office because I've been delivering a baby that the babies have no respect for my schedule). Both have trained the same and are certified by the same board (ABOG). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a colposcopy basically feel the same as a Pap smear? I have to have one done in result of abnormal pap. Kind of nervous...
Depends on age: At your age you need pap but if the pap is normal 2-3 years in a row you can do it less often. Mammogram is recommended after age 50. You may wish to check blood lipids, blood sugar and take vaccinations as needed. See this site for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/aging/. ...Read more
More info needed: Papanicolaou test is usually called a pap test or pap smear. The test is named for the physician to developed the stain used to see the cells from the cervix. We use the pap smear to screen for cervical cancer because we can see abnormal cells that may become cancer in the future, thus allowing treatment to prevent cancer. "pelvic test" is not a common term, so I am not sure what you refer to.Best. ...Read more
Overlap: There are many elements the same in these two categories. A routine exam might not include a dilated retinal examination and may not include scanning, visual field or other sophisticated testing. A routine exam is performed when the issues are obvious or a comprehensive exam has been done recently. You should allow more time with the ophthalmologist for a comprehensive exam. ...Read more
Does pelvic exams examine a pelvic immflammtory disease? And are pelvic exams the same as STD tests? And how are they done?
Yes and NO: A pelvic exam is the process of assessing the organs of the female genitalia (internal and external) for abnormalities. Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infectious process of the internal female organs and can be assessed at the time of an exam. Std tests are usually obtained by swabbing the vagina, cervix or vulva with a q-tip like device for infections. You might also need blood tests for std's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there any difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound? Is there any difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound? I've heard gfs refer to both things. Are they the same or different procedures?
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