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Empathic Pelvic Examination

  • Rhina Acevedo
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Abstract

The pelvic examination is an important and basic procedure for women’s healthcare providers. It is an integral part of the evaluation of common gynecologic and abdominal complaints including pelvic pain, vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, and irregular menses. Pelvic examinations are also part of the annual routine women’s health examination [1]. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends a routine biennial gynecologic examination beginning at age 21 [2]. If a woman has had three normal examinations on a yearly basis, the interval between examinations may increase to every 1–3 years after age 30, at the discretion of the woman and her clinician [3].

Keywords

Pelvic Pain Vaginal Wall Vaginal Bleeding Pelvic Examination Vaginal Discharge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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