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Why would doctor check your vagina for a sports physical?

Why would doctor check your vagina for a sports physical?

Pelvic exam: In a female, physical exam includes a pelvic exam and a pap smear.After all by ignoring this area one could miss serious conditions of the pelvis which could jeopardize your health and make you incapable of performing your best at sports! ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Sports Physicals (Definition)

Includes a thorough history and physical exam to allow you to safely participate in activities and access any risks you may have for injury and recommend any rehab/exercises prior to activity. There are a few history questions and exam items that are slightly different for ...Read more


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I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has bronchiectasis. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has bronchiectasis. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

Sweat test: Bronchiectasis is unusual in children with 2 exceptions - cystic fibrosis (CF) & allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa). Abpa is a complication of persistent asthma. If you child has abpa there's likely a long history of wheezing & asthma episodes - that doesn't fit your story. Most CF patients also have long medical stories but sometimes lung change is sudden. Sweat chloride test needed. ...Read more

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I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has celiac disease. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has celiac disease. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

Be honest: Celiac disease can in some cases affect performance with fatigue and side effects of medication. Sports physicals are designed (hopefully) to try and find out about serious risks such as impending heart stoppage, asthma and aspects of physical fragility which would render athletic performance hazardous. Celiac disease is not one of those. ...Read more

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I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has mitral valve prolapse. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has mitral valve prolapse. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

Depends: Mitral valve prolapse encompasses a spectrum of severity from insignificant (really, a normal variant) to elongation and overstretching or rupture of the leaflets and/or supporting structures with severe leakage(regurgitation). An echocardiogram is the test of choice. Ask your doctor how severe your child's mvp is. The vast majority of affected people have no symptoms and lead normal lives. ...Read more

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In a physical, what do doctors look for in a vagina? In a physical

In a physical, what do doctors look for in a vagina? In a physical

Hello. : Hello. During a physical examination, a doctor examines the outer and inner lips (labia), the uterus and the cervix. The doctor palpates these areas as well as the ovaries and fallopian tubes (although these can sometimes be quite hard to feel). The bladder is also usually palpated as well as the rectum. Usually a small amount of feces is checked for blood. Usually a speculum examination is performed to visualize the inside of the vagina and the cervix and to take cell samples. The doctor will look to ensure the tissue appears normal (no ulcerations, warts, polyps etc).This will allow the doctor to check for infections as well. ...Read more

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Will a male doc leave the room for a female physical exam, scared to go get one done have sores on my vagina if he does not leave can I ask him to ?

Will a male doc leave the room for a female physical exam, scared to go get one done have sores on my vagina if he does not leave can I ask him to ?

It is time: You have a medical problem that requires an examination. You need this examination to get better. You are 46 years old. It is time to be an adult and have your exam. If you think for one moment that the doctor, male or female, will have any inappropriate thoughts about your skin then you are mistaken. We see skin every single day of our lives. It is skin and it must be examined. Go to the doctor! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sports physicals?

What is the definition or description of: sports physicals?

Sports physical: Includes a thorough history and physical exam to allow you to safely participate in activities and access any risks you may have for injury and recommend any rehab/exercises prior to activity. There are a few history questions and exam items that are slightly different for males and females. http://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/pre-participation-physical-examinations.pdf ...Read more

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Do all sports physicals require a urine test?

Do all sports physicals require a urine test?

That depends: Most sports physicals are done on adolescent and young adult athletes to rule out cardiac or other physiological problems that could result in harm to the athlete. If your concern is about either being tested for performance enhancing or recreational drugs, that's typically not done unless you are competing NCAA or professional. That said, you should not be using either.Blood & urine chkd 2C if OK ...Read more

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Does one get drug tested for sports physicals in highschool?

Does one get drug tested for sports physicals in highschool?

Very few: Drug testing is used as a deterrent to using, and only a few public high schools require a drug test as part of a physical exam. As they will only be testing for illegal drugs, not prescriptions, we all hope as an athlete you would not be positive. Get help if you are and need help stopping so you will be available for heathy pursuits. ...Read more

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