Do you still have to get pelvic exams even though you've had an HPV vaccination? – Georgia*
You might need to get a pelvic
exam, but it depends on how old you are and if you're having problems. Girls don't
usually get their first pelvic exam until they are in their twenties, unless they're
having problems like lower belly pain, abnormal discharge, or period trouble.
Doctors recommend that all girls start seeing a gynecologist between ages 13 and
15. For most girls, a gynecologist visit doesn't involve a pelvic exam. It's up to
the doctor or nurse practitioner to decide if you need one based on your medical history
and physical health. Everyone's different.
STD tests don't always require a pelvic exam. Depending on what test you're
getting, your doctor may be able to use a urine sample, blood sample, or a vaginal
swab. Usually doctors only do a pelvic exam if a girl has specific symptoms that indicate
Getting a pelvic exam isn't as bad as it sounds. If your doctor or nurse practitioner
recommends one, you should go ahead as it can prevent any problems from getting worse.
If you have sex, including oral or anal sex, always use condoms
to help prevent STDs.