You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. Your health care provider HCP should be sensitive and gentle, help you relax, and answer any questions you have. A pelvic exam is a way for your health care provider to examine your female organs and check for any gynecological problems. Most health care providers agree that you should have your first exam when you have symptom such as discharge or pain, or when you turn 21, whichever comes first.
Virginity testing: a systematic review
Gender-based violence is a pervasive public health problem, let alone a violation of human rights. In , the author had the privilege to work with an outstanding group of people that helps sexual and gender-based violence SGBV survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The clinic, run by an international nongovernmental organizations, open walk-in to anyone in need, is functioning to the present day. In its 1 st year along, the clinic helped almost survivors, mainly underaged girls. At the clinic, a highly qualified staff of local doctors and nurses, psychologists, and social workers is available, free of charge, 24 h a day, 7 days a week, and accessible to SGBV survivors in absolute confidentiality. Survivors are offered all the support they might need as per the WHO guidelines, from medical assistance treating of physical injuries, testing and preventing sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B, and also gynecological and obstetric care to psychological counseling, as well as specific referrals to shelters, legal aid, or secondary care as needed. Sexual and gender-based violence SGBV undermines health and also carries many other different implications legally, morally, and socially for all the actors involved - starting from survivors and their families to perpetrators themselves, as well as local communities and society as a whole.
Many teen girls may be getting unnecessary pelvic exams
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article and its Additional file 1. So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse. This paper is the first systematic review of available evidence on the medical utility of virginity testing by hymen examination and its potential impacts on the examinee. Ten electronic databases and other sources for articles published in English were systematically searched from database inception until January Studies reporting on the medical utility or impact on the examinee of virginity testing were included.
What is a pelvic exam? A pelvic examination is looking at and feeling the size and shape of the external and internal reproductive organs. These include the vulva outside , and vagina, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes inside. Why do I need one?