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When a pelvic exam is traumatic

By: Huma Farid, MD, Contributor If you’re a survivor of sexual assault or trauma, medical visits may heighten anxiety, particularly if you’re concerned that a pelvic exam will be performed. As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I have had patients who experienced sexual assault confess that they have avoided or delayed seeking medical care due to their anxiety surrounding pelvic exams. Even for women without a history of sexual trauma, pelvic exams and a visit to the…

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