Pelvic Exam

What is a pelvic exam?

In a pelvic examination, also known as a vaginal examination, a doctor places 1 – 2 fingers into your vagina to check your vagina, cervix, ovaries, uterus and pelvis for any abnormalities. Depending on your symptoms, they will also check on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.

Your doctor may also perform a Pap smear or an HPV test during your pelvic exam to screen for cervical cancer.

Why do you need a pelvic exam?

A pelvic exam is useful for:

  • Assessing your gynaecological health. A pelvic exam allows your doctor to find possible signs of gynaecological issues such as ovarian cysts, sexually transmitted infections and uterine fibroids.
  • Diagnosing a medical condition. Your doctor may recommend a pelvic exam if you are experiencing unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding, pelvic pain, skin changes or urinary problems.

Who should not undergo a pelvic exam?

You should reschedule your pelvic exam if you are on your period.

What are the risks and complications of a pelvic exam?

In general, there are no risks to undergoing a pelvic exam. You can bring a family member or a friend with you as a chaperone or for moral support if you feel it would be helpful.

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