Are Annual Pelvic Examinations Beneficial for Women? The Science Says No

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An annual pelvic examination as part of a routine wellness visit has been the norm for women and their physicians for decades. But what if this checkup isn’t necessary on a yearly basis? That is exactly what the American College of Physicians (ACP) has recently suggested. They found there’s limited evidence showing pelvic examinations actually provide a benefit, and thus the APA is recommending it be removed from womens’ annual checkups.

For decades women and their doctors have used the annual pelvic examination to screen for cervical cancer, but studies have started to question whether or not this yearly event is actually beneficial for women, or if it’s simply bec

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