Why Get a Female Pelvic Exam?
Usually a female pelvic exam is a routine visit. But here are some reasons why a teen or woman should have her first female pelvic exam:
You're 18 and have never had a female pelvic exam You're 16 and haven't had your first period You're having a problem —like painful periods or PMS You've been having periods for 1 or 2 years, but still aren't seeing regular patterns You have irregular periods or have missed more than three periods You have vaginal itching, redness, sores, swelling, or unusual odor You have abnormal discharge —this is any vaginal discharge that differs in consistency, color, or quantity from what you normally see Your flow is really heavy, unusual, or lasts more than 7 days (you have unusually heavy flow if you go through a super plus tampon or super pad in less than one hour) You have a burning pain when you urinate, or you have to urinate a lot You had an injury to your pelvic area You're sexually active You're thinking about becoming sexually active and need to discuss contraception and safe sex habits You think you're pregnant You think you have been exposed to a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) You have been sexually assaulted
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