Harvard Women's Health Watch

Should you have an annual pelvic exam?

By Hope Ricciotti, M.D., Editor in Chief If you’ve come to expect a pelvic exam as a routine part of your annual well-woman physical, you may be surprised to learn that health experts disagree over whether it is necessary. The exam — in which the clinician inserts gloved fingers into the vagina to examine the cervix, uterus, and ovaries — has been routine for decades, but recently its benefits have been called…

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