Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam, physicians group says

July 1, 2014 11:40 AM

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Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam, physicians group says

No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual.

Routine pelvic exams don't benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who aren't pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians said Monday as it recommended that doctors quit using them as a screening tool.

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