pelvic exam


A physical examination used to check for abnormalities of the female reproductive organs, including the uterus (womb), cervix (the lower, narrow part of the uterus), ovaries and vagina (birth canal).

During a pelvic exam, the doctor visually examines the vagina and cervix. A speculum (an instrument that helps to open and widen certain passages of the body) is used to open the vagina so the doctor can see the cervix better. The doctor will also feel the vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries to check for swelling or other abnormalities. During a pelvic exam, the doctor may do a Pap test.