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Do you need to have a pelvic exam while on birth control, even if your not sexually active?
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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Yes, if over 21
Pelvic exams are indicated for all women over 21 years of age, regardless of sexual activity or birth control, because it is highly effective at detecting cervical cancer.

In brief: Yes, if over 21
Pelvic exams are indicated for all women over 21 years of age, regardless of sexual activity or birth control, because it is highly effective at detecting cervical cancer.
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: NO!
A gyno exam is a good idea for lots of reasons, but it's not necessary prior to getting birth control.
You should know your blood pressure, and if you have other medical problems, you should talk with your doctor, but for most healthy women, getting birth control shouldn't require an exam.The american college of obstetricians and gynecologists even says they should be available without prescription.

In brief: NO!
A gyno exam is a good idea for lots of reasons, but it's not necessary prior to getting birth control.
You should know your blood pressure, and if you have other medical problems, you should talk with your doctor, but for most healthy women, getting birth control shouldn't require an exam.The american college of obstetricians and gynecologists even says they should be available without prescription.
Dr. Paula Hillard
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