Don’t Write Off Annual Pelvic Exams

Annual pelvic exams are useful for gynecologists to diagnose issues like incontinence and sexual dysfunction, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said yesterday. The group was responding to the American College of Physicians’ new recommendation against annual pelvic exams for women at low risk and with no symptoms.

Scientific evidence doesn’t prove or disprove the effectiveness of annual pelvic exams, according to ACOG. The group added that gynecologists’ clinical experiences still support the continued use of the exams.

“[T]he decision about whether to perform a pelvic examination [should] be a shared decision between health care provider and patient, based on her own individual needs, requests and preferences,” ACOG said in a statement.

View an in-depth discussion about the issue on our YouTube Channel.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides care to women in the entire range of primary, specialty and subspecialty areas, with an emphasis on prevention and early detection.

 

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