Do You Need a Pelvic Exam to Get Birth Control?enteens out what the experts have to, sexual, health, std, sti, exam, physical, pill, birth control patch, shot, iud, diaphragm, have sex, protect, protected, pregnancy, women's clinic, planned parenthood, prescribe, prescription, pelvic exam, OB, gynecologists, get on birth control, get birth control, the pill, birth control access, pap, pap smear, nurse practitioners, NPs, annual, annual exam03/15/201311/05/201811/05/2018Amy W. Anzilotti, MD11/05/2018a2663a38-0898-4c4f-91d0-b2412c1bf458<p><em>When you go to a free clinic to get birth control, do you have to be examined by a doctor before you can get it?<br /> </em>– <em>Dariya*</em></p> <p>Not always. Until recently, women expected to have a <a href="">pelvic exam</a> before a doctor would prescribe any kind of birth control. <strong>Now experts agree that a physical exam is <em>not</em> always necessary before starting birth control.</strong></p> <p>Even though an exam is no longer required, it's a good idea in some cases. Some of the reasons why doctors or nurse practitioners <span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">do a physical exam before prescribing birth control are:</span></p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If a girl has pelvic or abdominal pain.</li> <li>If a girl has <a href="">abnormal vaginal discharge</a> or abnormal bleeding.</li> <li>If a girl thinks she has a <a href="">sexually transmitted disease (STD)</a>.</li> </ul> <p>If these don't apply to you, let the clinic or doctor's office know that&nbsp;you don't want an exam when you make your appointment.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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