Do I Really Need A Pelvic Exam?

Does a pelvic exam feel good?

The pelvic exam itself is simple, takes only a few minutes, and is not painful.

You may feel a little uncomfortable and embarrassed, but that’s normal.

The entire exam is over very quickly..

Should I shave before going to the gynecologist?

Should I shave or wax before my appointment? It’s not necessary to shave or wax around the vagina before your first visit to a gynecologist. You will want to be clean though, so be sure to shower that day, using a gentle soap to maintain proper vaginal hygiene.

Is it normal to get wet during a pelvic exam?

Vaginal wetness is perfectly normal. In fact, in many cases, it’s a sign that your vagina is healthy. But there are a few signs and symptoms that let you know a trip to the doctor may be in order.

What can a doctor feel during a pelvic exam?

Your doctor checks your vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, uterus, rectum and pelvis for any abnormalities. A Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, is often performed during a pelvic exam.

Do you need a pelvic exam if you are not sexually active?

ANSWER: Pelvic exams and Pap smears are not necessary in healthy, adolescent girls who are not sexually active and who do not have gynecologic symptoms or other concerns. The recommended age for young women who have not previously needed a Pap smear to begin having the test is 21.

Why do doctors look down your pants?

They can opt out if they’re uncomfortable, but it is a way for doctors to check for potentially concerning lumps and bumps, and make sure everything is developing normally. For this test, boys remove their underwear or drop them to their knees.

Are pelvic exams awkward?

A pelvic exam can be awkward, embarrassing, and even uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what to expect and getting involved can help you feel more in control, can help you gain more understanding of your body, and can help empower you in a situation that can make you feel vulnerable.

How often should a woman have a pelvic exam?

The pelvic exam is a standard component of a physical examination and should be part of routine health care. Current guidelines recommend that women who are or who have been sexually active should have a Pap test every 3 years after having 3 consecutive normal tests.

What is the correct position for a pelvic exam?

Dorsal Lithotomy Position. Used for examination of pelvic organs. Similar to dorsal recumbent position, except that the patient’s legs are well separated and thighs are acutely flexed. Feet are usually placed in stirrups.

Whats the difference between a pelvic exam and a Pap?

Pap smears and pelvic exams help doctors assess gynecologic health, but they are not the same thing. A pelvic exam is a medical inspection of the reproductive system. A Pap smear, on the other hand, is a test to screen for cervical cancer.

What should you not do before seeing a gynecologist?

Avoid sexual intercourse, having a vaginal douche, or putting anything (such as tampons) into your vagina for two days before the exam. Think ahead about the questions you’d like to ask your AOA doctor during the visit. Writing the questions down will make it easier to remember.

Is a pelvic exam necessary?

Regardless of whether a pelvic examination is performed, a woman should see her obstetrician–gynecologist at least once a year for well-woman care. A pelvic examination is not necessary before initiating or prescribing contraception, other than an intrauterine device, or to screen for sexually transmitted infections.

Can you opt out of a pelvic exam?

The Bimanual Pelvic Exam To do this exam, the health care provider puts two fingers just inside the vagina and uses the other hand to press on the outside of the belly. If you don’t want a bimanual exam, it’s fine to opt out. Just tell your provider you’d prefer to skip it.

At what age should a woman stop having pelvic exams?

After age 65, most women who have not been diagnosed with cervical cancer or precancer can stop having Pap smears as long as they have had three negative tests within the past 10 years.

At what age does a woman no longer need a Pap smear?

Pap smears typically continue throughout a woman’s life, until she reaches the age of 65, unless she has had a hysterectomy. If so, she no longer needs Pap smears unless it is done to test for cervical or endometrial cancer).

Why do pelvic exams hurt?

It’s human reflex to tighten up when we’re anticipating that something—like a pelvic exam—will hurt. But when our pelvic floor muscles contract and tighten, it can lead to more pain during the exam. A way to prevent this pain is to ‘bear down’ during the early part of the internal exam.

Can a gynecologist tell if you’re a virgin?

Even though your gynecologist won’t be able to tell whether you’ve had sex, it’s still important to talk openly and honestly about sex with them. This is so that they know whether to recommend STI testing, talk about birth control, and bring up other sexual health issues.

Are pelvic exams painful?

A pelvic exam is a normal part of taking care of your body. It only takes a few minutes and it doesn’t hurt.