When a Pelvic Exam Is Needed to Begin Birth Control

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Women generally expect to undergo a pelvic exam at a women’s health clinic before a gynecologist will prescribe birth control. However, such is not always the case these days. Under certain circumstances, a pelvic exam may not be needed. It’s best to consult your gynecologist to determine if you should have one or not. Before recommending a pelvic exam – or not – a gynecologist will ask you about your medical history. You should also discuss any symptoms you may have experienced.

For example, gynecologists generally recommend pelvic exams to girls and women who have noticed symptoms such as pelvic pain, abdominal pain, abnormal bleeding, or any type of abnormal vaginal discharge. Pelvic exams are also a good idea for those who think they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

At Washington Surgi-Clinic of Washington, D.C., you’ll find warm, caring professionals who take the time to learn about your unique medical concerns and birth control preferences. Women in the Maryland and Virginia areas can schedule an appointment at our women’s clinic by calling (202) 659-9403.