Pelvic exam

Pelvic exam

Pelvic examination is a process that entails the evaluation of your reproductive organs. This is mostly a part of a regular check-up. However, this sort of examination is also recommended if you have symptoms like the following:

  • Pelvic Pain

  • Unusual vaginal discharge

This particular procedure is short and only takes a few minutes. The following organs are examined during this procedure:

  • Rectum

  • Ovaries

  • Vulva

  • Vagina

  • Cervix

  • Rectum and

  • Uterus

Tests like the Pap test are also performed during this examination.

Why opt for this procedure?

A pelvic exam is needed:

  • To get the assessment of your gynaecological health: This examination is done in order to see if there are any abnormalities in the organs like the presence of cysts, STDs, uterine fibroids or the signs of early-stage cancer. 

  • To diagnose the certain medical condition: The most symptoms of certain genealogical issues tend to be apparent during a pelvic exam. To that end, this examination can also be used to diagnose certain conditions. 

Preparing for the Pelvic exam

There are no special preparations required for this examination. However,

  • You need to get your exam scheduled at a time when you do not have any periods. 

  • Also, you might have a lot of questions regarding this procedure. Feel free to ask them for your own peace of mind.

What is included in the pelvic examination?

The following tests are included in the pelvic examination:

  • The internal visual examination which entails the visual observation to see if there are any changes in the pelvic organs. Steps are taken on the first sign of any abnormality in any of the pelvic organs.

  • Pap test: During a pelvic exam, some of the cervical cells can be taken out and sent to the labs for tests.

  • Physical exams: During this examination, the doctor palpates your abdomen and pelvis during the examination. The doctor is going to use two fingers to check for the size of the uterus and the ovaries. If there are any tender areas, they are seen as well.

After the examination

This examination takes place on an outpatient basis. To that end, you can leave the hospital the same day. Furthermore, after the procedure is over, you would want to discuss your results with the doctor.


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