Most Women Don’t Need Regular Pelvic Exams, New Guidelines State

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By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The annual pelvic exam has long been a routine part of women’s health care, but new guidelines say there’s no good reason for it.

The recommendations, laid out by the American College of Physicians (ACP), advise against pelvic exams for women who aren’t pregnant and have no symptoms of a potential problem.

The reason? There’s no good evidence the screening exams benefit women, the ACP said.

“I think a lot of women will be relieved by this [recommendation], especially since it’s based on scientific evidence,” said Dr. Linda Humphrey, a member of the ACP’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, which devised the new advice after reviewing 32 studies on the benefits and harms of routine pelvic exams.

Humphrey stressed that the new guidelines apply only to pelvic exams, and that women should continue to have cervical cancer screenings.

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