Can I Skip My Annual Pelvic Exam?

August 20, 2014 10:24 PM

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Most women do not relish the thought of receiving a routine pelvic examination at their annual "well-woman" visit. Now, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a controversial new guideline recommending against performing the annual pelvic exam in non-pregnant women who have no gynecological symptoms that may require medical attention. Is it time to celebrate and cross that dreaded exam off your to-do list? Not so fast, I'm afraid.

Based on a review of evidence presented in published studies from 1946 through January 2014, the recommendation has consistently stated that "harms outweigh any demonstrated benefits associated with the screening pelvic examination." Not everyone agrees, however. In its response to the new guideline...

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