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Are Annual Pelvic Exams Unnecessary?

While many countries do not perform pelvic exams if a woman is asymptomatic, gynecologists in the US recommend annual pelvic exams. An article in The New York Times’ Well blog explains that “Now a growing number of experts are asking whether it’s necessary to do so many.” Experts “say that for women who are well, a routine bimanual exam is not supported by medical evidence, increases the costs of medical care and discourages some women, especially adolescents, from seeking needed care. Moreover, the exam sometimes reveals benign conditions that lead to follow-up procedures, including surgery, that do not improve a woman’s health but instead cause anxiety, lost time from work, potential complications and unnecessary costs.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.