Dr. Keith Reisler has operated his own ob-gyn practice in Plano, TX, since 1988. Keith Reisler, MD, offers comprehensive women’s care at his clinic, including pelvic exams.
Any woman over the age of 21 should consider having a complete pelvic exam every year. Exams may be done at an earlier age in certain circumstances. Pelvic exams include a look at the vulva, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and rectum, as well as a pap smear to check for cervical cancer. Pap smears may be done less frequently depending on the circumstances.
Although a woman should have a pelvic exam during a routine annual physical, she should also have the exam if she becomes pregnant, suspects she is suffering from an infection, or is experiencing pain in the lower back or pelvic region. Women should attempt not to schedule a pelvic exam when they are having a period. Moreover, in the preceding 48 hours, the patient should not douche, engage in sex, use a tampon, use foam or jelly birth control products, or apply any medications to the vagina.