Experts physician recommend that once you turn 21 years, you should have had your first pelvic exam. Sadly, many ladies remain in the dark when it comes to what a pelvic exam entails, and this lack of knowledge is downright dangerous. No worries! This post will answer all your pelvic exam questions.
Let us talk about vaginas or more specifically, pelvic exams both of which are a mysterious subjects to a lot of young ladies. Fact is, if you have a vagina, you should know that it comes with some upkeep. Now, I am not talking about menstrual products.
Pelvic exam is
A way for a healthcare provider to look for signs of illness in your body. It is part of a routine e physical exam. During the exam, they will look at your Uterus (the womb), Cervix (opening from the vagina to the uterus), Fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs to the womb), Ovaries (glands that produce eggs), Bladder (the sac that holds urine), Rectum (the chamber that connects the colon to the anus)
It is done
- To check the health of your reproductive organs and find out if you have possible signs of ovarian cysts, sexually transmitted infections, uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer. It is also commonly done during pregnancy.
- you are experiencing symptoms such as pelvic pain, unusual vaginal bleeding, skin changes, abnormal vaginal discharge or urinary problems. A pelvic exam can help your doctor diagnose the causes of these symptoms. Your healthcare provider might suggest additional diagnostic testing or treatment.
To prepare for the exam
- You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for a pelvic exam.
- For your own comfort, you might want to schedule your pelvic exam on a day when you don’t have your period.
- You might be more comfortable if you empty your bladder before the exam.
- If you have questions about the exam or its possible results, consider writing down your questions and taking them with you to the appointment so that you don’t forget to ask them.
During the exam you expect
- To feel a little discomfort, but you should not feel pain.
- The exam itself takes only a few minutes. If you have any questions during the exam, be sure to ask your healthcare provider.
- Before performing the pelvic exam, your doctor might listen to your heart and lungs and perform an abdominal, back and breast exam.