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Dr. Lori Gore-Green Pelvic Exam's May No Longer Be Necessary


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This is the blog presentation of Dr. Lori Gore-Green about how pelvic exams may not be a mandatory procedure during annual gynecologic exams any longer. This is something that has been required during most annual gynecology exams, but is newly found to be not as beneficial. Physicians would conduct pelvic exams on top of pap smears and other procedures. They are now realizing that this process may only be required from pregnant women during exams. Dr. Lori Gore-Green is an experienced OBGYN and is extremely educated in the medical industry. Although the elimination of the pelvic exam seems to be the vote of the majority, not everyone feels this way.

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Dr. Lori Gore-Green Pelvic Exam's May No Longer Be Necessary

  1. 1. + Pelvic Exams May No Longer Be Mandatory for All Gynecologic Annuals By Dr. Lori Gore-Green
  2. 2. + The yearly trip to the gynecologist can be a dreaded event for many females. Pap smears are unpleasant and can often be only the tip of the iceberg, as many doctors also include pelvic and rectal exams as well.
  3. 3. + However, according to an article completed by the Daily News that summarizes a new series of guidelines released by the American College of Physicians, the pelvic exams may no longer be a necessary procedure to inflict upon women who are not pregnant.
  4. 4. + In the procedures involved in the yearly check up with a gynecologist, women are often subjected to pelvic exams under the pretense that the ordeal can help in finding possible signs of ovarian cysts, sexual transmitted infections, uterine fibroids and early detection of cancer.
  5. 5. + However, according to findings published by the ACP in their journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the routine pelvic exam has not shown to benefit as it was previously thought to.
  6. 6. + The exam is now believed to rarely detect important disease and doesn’t reduce mortality in the average risk woman who is not pregnant.
  7. 7. + In fact, the examination is often associated with discomfort for many women, including a round of potential false positives and negative exams, along with additional unnecessary costs. However, this finding does not apply to pap smears, which are believed to still be beneficial.
  8. 8. + The researchers with the American College of Physicians are not the first to suggest that pelvic exams could be excluded from the routine trip to the OBGYN. Carolyn Westhoff was the first to suggest eliminating the procedure, with an article published in 2011.
  9. 9. + The article indicated that if the woman was experiencing none of the typical concerning symptoms—such as discharge, abnormal bleeding, pain, urinary problems or sexual dysfunction—the procedure was very unnecessary.
  10. 10. + She, in turn, approves of the announcement made by the ACP. However, Westhoff and the ACP are not without their opponents. The guideline is expected to stir up quite a bit of controversy.
  11. 11. + The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology remains in favor of the annual pelvic exam, as it allows doctors to fully explain a patient’s anatomy to them—including a reassurance of normality and an ability to answer any questions.