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Routine Pelvic Exams May Not be Necessary: US Task Force

by Reshma Anand on  June 30, 2016 at 5:04 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
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.
Routine Pelvic Exams May Not be Necessary: US Task Force
Routine Pelvic Exams May Not be Necessary: US Task Force
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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. ’
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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. 

Source: Medindia
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