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Rectovaginal Exam

A rectovaginal exam is done to examine the vaginal and rectal areas for abnormalities.

During a rectovaginal exam, your doctor inserts one lubricated, gloved finger into the vagina and a second finger of the same hand into the rectum while pressing on the lower abdomen with the other hand. This allows your doctor to feel where and how large your pelvic organs are. You can tell your doctor if it hurts when your organs are touched or moved.

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A rectovaginal exam is done as part of a regular gynecologic exam. A Pap test is also usually done at this time.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Last Revised September 27, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 27, 2010
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