A gynecologic exam is sometimes called a pelvic exam. Talk with your doctor to decide when and how often you need to have pelvic exams. You may have a pelvic exam:
The doctor will ask you to lie on an exam table and put your feet in foot holders. The exam may be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt. If it would make you more comfortable, ask to have a nurse or family member with you during the exam. Remember to breathe and try to relax your stomach, butt, and leg muscles. There are a few parts to a pelvic exam:
The doctor may also do a breast exam as a part of your gynecologic exam. This is to look for lumps, cysts, or drainage. The doctor may do a test to check the cells of your cervix for:
Talk to the doctor about when you can get any test results.
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