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What are the differences between a pelvic exam and a pap smear?

What are the differences between a pelvic exam and a 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 more

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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


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When should you have a pelvic exam and a pap smear test?

When should you have a pelvic exam and a pap smear test?

At age 21: Current guidelines recommend the first pap smear at age 21. Pap smears are to be taken every other year until age 30 and then every 3 years thereafter if you have 3 normals in a row and no abnormals for the previous 10 years. Pelvic exams should begin when you are sexually active to monitor for infections, or if you are having problems with menstrual cycles, etc. ...Read more

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Can you be forced to get a pap smear or pelvic exam?

Can you be forced to get a pap smear or pelvic exam?

No.: Even if it is medically recommended. You cannot be forced a medical exam such as a pap smear or a pelvic exam.. Obviously not getting tests or exams done has pros/cons. Make sure you weigh the risks of deciding or not deciding to do a certain exam or test. If pregnant, you're not just making decision for yourself, but also for baby. ...Read more

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Would trichomonas be detected on a pelvic exam that did not include a pap smear?

Yes: The best way to make a diagnosis of trichomonas is by collecting a sample of discharge in saline and looking at it under the microscope. The doctor can easily identify the moving trichomonads. When they are dried on a pap smear, they can be confused with vaginal cells. ...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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Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

No: Not really. The pelvic exam can rule out any masses or major abnormalities. Pcos is diagnosed based on clinical findings and abnormalities in blood work(hormonal). Endometriosis is diagnosed by laparoscopy. ...Read more

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If your doc told you they didn't want to do a pap smear because they did not want to hurt you bc the vaginna was the size of a babys why a pelvic exam?

Fear of Pelvic Exams: Perhaps this doctor does not have the experience at this time to do the pelvic exam. But a pelvic exam is needed to check for disease such as cervical disease and ovarian disease and especially if she is sexually active or has had children. Usually women over a certain age do not get them especially after 75 and not sexually active. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more