The United States Preventive Services Task Force experts have announced that the current evidence is insufficient to describe the pros and cons of a pelvic exam.
A pelvic exam is nothing but examining the vulva and other internal reproductive organs such as the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina by a health care provider.
‘The United States Preventive Services Task Force said there’s not enough evidence to support doing the annual pelvic exam for women who are healthy and not pregnant.
The task force reviewed the literature on pelvic exams for the past 60 years and found no support for the benefits of the routine pelvic exam in healthy women. But pelvic exams are recommended for women who are pregnant or those with existing conditions or symptoms that need to be evaluated.
"The Task Force is calling for more research to better understand the benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic exams in women without any complaints or symptoms," said Dr. Francisco Garcia, a task force member.