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Pelvic Exam Found To Be Mostly Useless For Judging Women's Health: What Took Doctors So Long To Realize?

For all those women who dread the invasive pelvic exam, I have some good news for you: The procedure may no longer be a necessary part of a woman’s gynecological checkup. In a recent review by the American College of Physicians (ACP), experts have found the pelvic exam to have no benefit to the average woman...

A team of doctors from the ACP reviewed 52 published studies on the low success rate of routine pelvic exams before concluding that the test was overall unnecessary for unsystematic women. Their study is published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Through their research, the team found that the common procedure, performed on 63.4 million U.S. women in 2008, is only helpful in cases where women have symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, pain, urinary problems, sexual dysfunction or vaginal discharge, Medical News Today reported...

What troubled researchers even more than the test's ineffectiveness was its tendency to deter some women from getting necessary medical care...
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"Male gynecologists vehemently disagreed with the findings of this study. Dr. Thurgood stated, why would we eliminate the part of the exam that caused so many of us to enter this field?  It is an outrage and a war against women's health!"
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"Male gynecologists vehemently disagreed with the findings of this study. Dr. Thurgood stated, why would we eliminate the part of the exam that caused so many of us to enter this field?  It is an outrage and a war against women's health!"
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Guess OB-GYN is out of the question as a career path then. Darn.
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the test was overall unnecessary for unsystematic women.

Illiterate "journalist"! The word she should have used is asymptomatic, not unsystematic:P ::)
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It's about time they figured this out. I don't even allow pelvic exams during pregnancy/labor without a VERY good reason. I don't find a hand up the hooha reassuring in the least. I had my first non-pregnant annual physical exam in over a decade today; I decided to decline the pelvic exam. 

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the test was overall unnecessary for unsystematic women.

Illiterate "journalist"! The word she should have used is asymptomatic, not unsystematic:P ::)

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Guess OB-GYN is out of the question as a career path then. Darn.

Why? You still get to be at the business end during labour. Really up close and personal, too! :P
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Hey, don't look at me. I'm not a gynecologist.  Go talk to Dr. Thurgood.
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the test was overall unnecessary for unsystematic women.

Illiterate "journalist"! The word she should have used is asymptomatic, not unsystematic:P ::)
misspelling and misinformation seems to be majors in journalism school nowadays, along with ignorance of grammar (goes with the ignorance of facts).
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