Your First Pelvic Examination – What to Expect


A pelvic examination is a medical exam performed by a healthcare provider to examine a woman’s reproductive organs. It is usually done as a routine check-up, or when a woman experiences pain, discharge, or irregular periods. The exam typically includes an examination of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
A pelvic exam is recommended for women who are sexually active, have reached the age of 21, or have other risk factors for gynecological problems. It can help detect various conditions such as sexually transmitted infections, abnormal cervical cells, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids.

There are no specific symptoms related to a pelvic exam itself. However, women may feel some discomfort or pressure during the exam, particularly when the healthcare provider inserts a speculum into the vagina.

A pelvic exam is a diagnostic tool used to identify potential problems with a woman’s reproductive organs. It is often combined with other tests such as Pap smear, STD testing, or imaging tests like ultrasound or MRI.
A pelvic exam is not a treatment in itself, but rather a tool to help diagnose and treat any potential issues. Treatment will depend on the specific condition diagnosed and may include medication, surgery, or lifestyle changes.


To prepare for a pelvic exam, women should avoid intercourse, douching, and using tampons for at least 24 hours before the exam. They should also inform their healthcare provider of any medical conditions, medications, or allergies they have.

In conclusion, a pelvic exam is an important part of a woman’s healthcare and is typically done as a routine check-up. It can help detect various conditions related to the reproductive organs and should be done regularly, as recommended by a healthcare provider.

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