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When having a pelvic exam can the doctor accidently tear the hymen while looking at the cervix?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Yes

If the hymen is intact, with rare exceptions, the doctor should not be looking at the cervix.
Virginal women cannot have cervical disease. If there is some reason to be looking at the cervix, such as unexplained bleeding or pain or exposure before birth to des or trauma, the exam should be done by a doctor equipped with methods of exam that are less invasive.

In brief: Yes

If the hymen is intact, with rare exceptions, the doctor should not be looking at the cervix.
Virginal women cannot have cervical disease. If there is some reason to be looking at the cervix, such as unexplained bleeding or pain or exposure before birth to des or trauma, the exam should be done by a doctor equipped with methods of exam that are less invasive.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Yes it is possible

Some hymens tear very easily.

In brief: Yes it is possible

Some hymens tear very easily.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology

In brief: Yes

If someone has tight or thin skin it is possible to tear the hymen during a pelvic exam.
Usually these are small and will heal by themselves or with the aid of some estrogen cream.

In brief: Yes

If someone has tight or thin skin it is possible to tear the hymen during a pelvic exam.
Usually these are small and will heal by themselves or with the aid of some estrogen cream.
Dr. Carolyn Quist
Dr. Carolyn Quist
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