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A pelvic exam is a procedure in which a doctor examines the entire pelvic area for abnormalities including masses or growths. The exam usually an examination of the vulva, vagina, uterus, and cervix. It may include the rectum. A pap smear, which screens for cervical cancer, may also be part of a pelvic exam.
A pelvic exam may be conducted during a yearly physical exam, during a pregnancy, or if a patient is experiencing symptoms of an infection such as pelvic pain.
A pelvic exam may consist of the following: