How often should pelvic exam be done?
The pelvic exam is a standard component of a physical examination and should be part of routine health care.
Current guidelines recommend that women who are or who have been sexually active should have a Pap test every 3 years after having 3 consecutive normal tests..
Is an annual pelvic exam necessary?
Regardless of whether a pelvic examination is performed, a woman should see her obstetrician–gynecologist at least once a year for well-woman care. A pelvic examination is not necessary before initiating or prescribing contraception, other than an intrauterine device, or to screen for sexually transmitted infections.
At what age can a woman stop having pelvic exams?
ACOG recommends that pelvic exams, including a Pap smear, start at age 21, whether or not a woman has become sexually active. There is not a set age for discontinuing GYN exams, although Pap smears may be stopped for low risk women ages 66 and older.
How do you describe a pelvic exam?
Pelvic examination In a pelvic exam, your physician inserts two gloved fingers inside your vagina. While simultaneously pressing down on your abdomen, he or she can examine your uterus, ovaries and other organs.