Posted on Aug 28, 2008 | Comments 0
Are you scared about pelvic exam? Having regular pelvic checkups can help you in better way to maintain proper reproductive health.
There is nothing scary or bothersome thing involved in pelvic exam.
Pelvic test can become rather simple procedure, provided if you have better understanding about the procedure and also with your doctor.
Who can go for a pelvic exam?
All women must essentially benefit from regular gynecological screening, including a regular pelvic exam. Most of the health experts believe that the first pelvic exam should be done within 3 years of the onset of sexual activity or by 21 years of age.
When you want to become sexually active for the first time in your life or when you reach 21 years of your age, it is always suggested to have a simple pelvic check up.
A pelvic exam involves your doctor to examine your major reproductive organs such as uterus, ovaries, pelvis and also vagina and vulva for any abnormal growth or tumors.
This can help your doctor to identify any kind of infections or presence of unwanted tissues and other abnormalities present in your reproductive organs.
Is there any complicated procedure involved?
Pelvic exam is very simple procedure, but you can feel certain discomfort. Even, it is not necessary for you to take any precautions.
- The first part of the examination involves visual inspection. Your doctor will note all the characteristics of your pelvic organs and checks for any indication of swelling or inflammation present at your pelvic region.
- The next part of your pelvic exam mainly involves examining the internal genital parts. Your doctor can use a device called speculum, to view the vaginal walls and cervix. Any kind of lesions, abnormal discharge or bleeding can be easily visualized and if necessary, simple Pap smear will be suggested for you.
- In the last part of your pelvic examination, which is recto vaginal examination, your doctor examines the pelvic organs and structures. In this phase of pelvic exam, you can feel a bit discomfort, as the examiner will place a gloved index finger into vagina and a lubricated, gloved middle finger against anus. You can feel an urgency to have a bowel movement. Actually it is your natural feeling and a bowel movement will not occur.
Regular pelvic exam can help you to ensure that you are maintaining better reproductive heath.
Any risks associated with your reproductive organs can be easily identified and you can get better treatment at right time. So, try to include regular pelvic tests in your regular health checkups to ensure better overall health.
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