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What is a Pelvic Exam?

What is a Pelvic Exam?

Pelvic exams are used to examine your gynecological health and are often used to discover any type of ovarian cysts, STI’s, fibroids, or cancer. While this exam is not mandatory, it is an important part of women’s health to ensure a healthy reproductive system. Here at Women4Women in Queens, we provide various services in obstetrics and gynecology to provide you with the best comprehensive medical care for women by women. If this is your first time going for a pelvic exam, just know where you are here to make you as comfortable as possible by walking you through it and answering any questions or concerns. Contact us if you have questions about receiving a pelvic exam in Queens

What is a Pelvic Exam?

A Pelvic Exam is a way doctors look at the female reproductive organs. During a pelvic exam, doctors will look at the vulva, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and rectum. If you are a woman over the age of 21, it is recommended for you to get a pelvic exam during your yearly checkup. For the most part, pelvic exams are done once a year, unless you have any health issues that require them more frequently. Pelvic exams are done when

  • Women are pregnant
  • Checking for infection 
  • Experiencing pelvic pain 
  • Family history of cancer
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Pain, swelling, or itching of the vagina

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see us today for a pelvic exam in Queens. These symptoms can be signs of an infection, STD, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or a reproductive disorder. 

Pelvic Exam in Queens

How to Prepare for a Pelvic Exam?

Pelvic exams are often quick and only take a few minutes. When getting your pelvic exam here in Queens, there are some important things to note 24 hours before the exam. When you schedule your exam, be sure to schedule it when you are not having your period. It is also important to avoid

  • Douching
  • Using a tampon
  • Vaginal intercourse
  • The use of any cream or medication in the vagina

What happens during a Pelvic Exam?

During a pelvic exam in Queens, we want to provide you with the highest level of care while making you feel comfortable. During the exam, it is important to ask your doctor any questions you may have. To start the exam, the doctor will provide you a robe to change into. Most of the time, they will start with a breast exam.

 After the breast exam, they will move on to the visual part of the exam to examine the vagina and the vulva. During the visual exam, they will look for any irritation, redness, or anything that looks like a sign of infection. After the visual exam, they will move to the speculum exam. The doctor will use a speculum that is inserted into the vagina to widen the vagina. We will then begin the pap smear. 

During the pap smear, the doctor will take a small brush to collect samples of the cervix’s cells. These cells will then be checked for any abnormalities within the cervix. The last part of the exam will be the physical exam. 

During the physical exam, the doctor will look at your internal reproductive by inserting two fingers on one hand into the vagina while the other hand presses on the outside of the lower abdomen to check for any abnormalities in the uterus or ovaries. Here at Women4Women, during your pelvic exam in Queens, we want to make sure you are as relaxed as possible to decrease discomfort. During the exam, it is possible to experience some discomfort but never any pain. If you are experiencing any sort of pain, please let us know.

After the Pelvic Exam in Queens

Once the exam is complete, you will get dressed, and the doctor will go over the results. For the most part, the doctor should immediately know if they saw or felt anything abnormal. If the test required a pap smear, those results could take a few days to get back to you. 

If all your results came back normal, you would not have to worry about another pelvic exam until the next yearly checkup. If your exam revealed any abnormalities, the doctor would call you to discuss any follow-up or treatment options for your situation. If you are a woman over the age of 21 and have not had your yearly exam, check out our website to schedule an appointment today for a pelvic exam in Queens.