Why Do I Need a Pelvic Exam?

Why Do I Need a Pelvic Exam?


A pelvic exam protects your health by screening for certain vaginal infections, STDs, and abnormalities of the cervix.

A pelvic exam is just one part of a well-woman exam–a comprehensive exam that screens for cervical cancer and provides family planning education.

Read on to learn more about what happens during a pelvic exam. Or, if you want to talk to someone about your reproductive health, contact Vida Medical Clinic today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

What Happens During a Pelvic Exam?

During a pelvic exam at Vida Medical Clinic, our provider will perform a visual exam of the external female genitals such as the labia, urethra, skin and soft tissue of the perineum and rectum. The provider will look externally and internally for any abnormalities that could indicate a health condition.

During the internal exam, a speculum will be placed into the vagina. The speculum gently opens the vagina so that the provider can look at your cervix and surrounding tissue. The provider will also gently insert their fingers into your vagina to feel for any irregularities. You may feel pressure, but not pain, during an internal exam. 


How Painful Is a Pelvic Exam?

A pelvic exam is relatively painless, depending on your pain threshold and sensitivity. Most women describe the pelvic exam as being more uncomfortable than painful.


Think You Might Be Pregnant?

If you think there’s a chance you might be pregnant, getting a pelvic exam and receiving STD testing is critical. This is because certain STDs can pass from you to the baby and cause severe–and potentially life-threatening–health conditions. 


Next Steps

At Vida Medical Clinic, we offer free well-woman exams, health services, and pregnancy resources–because we care about your health and believe every woman should have access to quality reproductive care.

Schedule a free, confidential appointment online, connect with one of our caring team members, or call 920-731-4354. Your health is worth it.