ZocdocAnswersShould I have a pelvic exam?

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Should I have a pelvic exam?

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It is important to have regular medical examinations, either by your family or primary care doctor or an OB GYN doctor. The purpose of these regular visits is to screen for any undetected illness and also to answer any general questions you might have about your health. Specifically, at the age of 21, it is recommended that all women start having screening for cervical cancer. This does involve a pelvic examination for examination of the cervix and taking of a small screening sample. During the pelvic examination, your doctor will also be able to exam the uterus and ovaries. This entire examination is generally painless, and it should not be something that you worry about too much beforehand! Your doctor will be able to talk you through the procedure in detail. In addition to the cervical cancer screening, the office visit with your doctor is an opportunity for a general head-to-toe exam to make sure there is nothing wrong. If you have never had screening bloodwork for things like high cholesterol or diabetes, these might also be indicated, depending on your medical and family history and what your physical examination shows. I'd recommend calling your doctor's office to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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