2 Downsides of Pelvic Exams

  Much talk exists over the effectiveness vs. the embarrassment factor has recently taken center stage on these routinely pelvic exams for women. Firstly, what is a pelvic exam? The complete exam consists of an external look at the vulva, an internal look at the vagina and cervix with a speculum (a plastic or metal instrument), a Pap smear to test for cervical abnormalities and the "bimanual" exam. It serves as a baseline assessment of the uterus and ovaries. They can be used to detect various types of cancer. However, here are 3 downsides of the exams: 

 

* The exam outcomes could lead up-to false positives - that can lead to needless anxiety for the patient and additional testing or  surgery that's more invasive and costly.

* We live in an era where it's really important to make sure we have really excellent evidence when it comes to prevention. However, doctors dont want to harm you in your pursuit of trying to make you more well in the future.