This article, entitled "New Guidelines Recommend Against Annual Pelvic Exams," comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday correspondent from Central Wisconsin.
Each year, women head to their gynecologist for a yearly pelvic exam… but new guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend against annual pelvic exams for healthy, non-pregnant women.
The ACP reviewed 50 years worth of studies and found that the risks posed by pelvic exams may outweigh the benefits for most healthy women. Some pelvic exams can result in false positives, leading to unnecessary tests and procedures.
Pelvic exams can help detect early signs of cancer, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions. Many physicians still believe a full pelvic exam is a critical part of gynecologic care and will continue recommending them.
Despite the new guidelines from the ACP, it’s important you talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your care.