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What do doctors look for when they do a rectovaginal exam?

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Dr. Margot Watson
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In brief: Back of the pelvis

A rectal exam checks the rectum and the back of the uterus and the ovaries.
It is a normal part of the pelvic exam. It can detect a cancer just inside the rectum and masses deep in the pelvis which might be otherwise missed with just a vaginal exam.

In brief: Back of the pelvis

A rectal exam checks the rectum and the back of the uterus and the ovaries.
It is a normal part of the pelvic exam. It can detect a cancer just inside the rectum and masses deep in the pelvis which might be otherwise missed with just a vaginal exam.
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