The pelvic exam revisited

The USPSTF says there is not enough evidence to assess the benefits and harms of the routine screening pelvic exam. These experts say that ObGyns should renew their commitment to individualized well-woman care and shared decision making.

More than 44 million pelvic examinations are performed annually in the United States.1 In March 2017, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published an updated recommendation statement regarding the need for routine screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic adult women (18 years and older) receiving primary care: “The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women.”2

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