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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)

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


 

 

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 17, 2020

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


 

 

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 17, 2020

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