Our clinic staff may offer you a pelvic exam to address certain symptoms you may be experiencing, like changes in your discharge, bleeding outside of your period, or pain during sex.

A pelvic exam is a check-up of the vulva, vagina, and cervix (opening of the uterus, inside the vagina). During the exam, we may put a metal or plastic speculum inside your vagina to get a better look at any symptoms you may be having.

A Pap smear may also be done during a pelvic exam.

Pelvic Exam & Pap Smear Facts Sheet
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  • We can check for certain infections, like bacterial vaginosis (BV) or yeast, and some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis (aka “trich”).
  • If you need a Pap smear, it will be done during a pelvic exam.
  • Sometimes you may get STI testing without a pelvic exam by giving a urine sample or having a vaginal swab collected to test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trich.
  • If you get a pelvic exam during a clinic visit, ask what tests are being done so you know.
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