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?
If I didn't have a higher than average risk factor though I would skip right over them. BLEGH, I hate pap smears.