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Continued: Mpls. VA research: Most women can skip pelvic exams

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 30, 2014 - 10:58 PM

Eliminating the test will eventually buy precious time to talk about cardiac risks and other health concerns for women, she said. For now, she added, it takes longer to explain why pelvic exams and Pap smears aren’t needed than to actually do them.

Women have become so used to the exam that they now expect it. Some are happy to forgo it when they learn it isn’t necessary and doesn’t help doctors detect cancers of the reproductive organs. Others still want the exam out of caution.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions on the patients’ parts,” Skorupa said, “of what we’re actually doing when we’re doing a pelvic exam.”

Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

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