New Guidelines: Women don't need pelvic exams

Even though it's long been a routine part of a woman's physical, new guidelines say there's no need for an annual pelvic exam.

The recommendations from the American College of Physicians 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.

The new guidelines apply only to pelvic exams. Women should continue to have cervical cancer screenings.

For decades, American women have routinely had a yearly pelvic exam to spot cancers of the pelvic organs, infections, and abnormalities such as ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids.

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