It should be a part of your routine check-up
When you think of routine physical assessment, you might remember tests like electrocardiogram (ECG), x-ray, urine test, and health interview. Just like these tests, a pelvic exam should also be included in your routine check-up.
The frequency by which one needs to undergo a pelvic exam is still up for debate. Traditionally, women do it every year, but some experts believe that history and current health status must come into play.
Regardless, at least one component of the pelvic exam has a designated frequency. This is the Pap smear, which a woman must do every 3 years.
There are 2 primary reasons for a pelvic exam
During a vaginal exam, you can expect your doctor to assess 2 things: your current gynecological health and any possible medical condition.
Your doctor can look for signs of ovarian cysts, myoma, sexually-transmitted infections, or cancer through the pelvic exam. Additionally, the pelvic exam is necessary if you’re experiencing pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, or skin changes.