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What is a pelvic exam?

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A pelvic exam is a way for doctors to look for signs of illness in certain organs in a woman's body. Pelvic refers to the pelvis. The exam is used to look at a woman's:

  • Vulva (external genital organs)
  • Uterus (the womb)
  • Cervix (opening from the vagina to the uterus)
  • Fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs to the womb)
  • Ovaries (organs that produce eggs)
  • Bladder (the sac that holds urine)
  • Rectum (the chamber that connects the colon to the anus)

From: The Pelvic Exam WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  The American Cancer Society. . Centers for Disease Control.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


 

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:  The American Cancer Society. . Centers for Disease Control.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


 

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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