Article: Are Pelvic Exams Really Necessary?

I know I am not the norm here but I haven't had a pelvic exam in...oh...probably 8 or more years. I remember either reading something or being told by a midwife I interviewed something controversial about them.
So I was not really surprised to come across this article today. Doctors are questioning if healthy and not pregnant may not need an annual exam. Some midwives are pretty particular about women not having pelvic exams while pregnant, it would be interesting to know why doctors require an exam during pregnancy. I didn't have internals at all in my last pregnancy.

What do you think? Would you go without your annual pelvic exam or keep it on your schedule?

https://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/pelvic-exa…

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    07/02/14
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      07/02/14
      I've had 6 in the last 2 months...I could do without them! Most painful thing ever!
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        07/02/14
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          07/02/14
          It should be done every few years but not every year unless you have some medical reason for it.
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            07/03/14
            The last PAP smear I had was when I was pregnant with my son three years ago. I don't mind them too much, and they do serve a purpose. Since my mother abandoned me when I was five years old, I do not know any family history in regards to my risk for certain cancers, so I tend to take every test I can so that I can know, just because I do not know one side of my family's medical history. At my last checkup, I was told that I was okay having a PAP every three years, since I have not had any bad results.
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              07/04/14
              I'd love to not go unfortunately I went 3 yrs without and when I did go it ended up my needing a hysterectomy.
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