I'm not ashamed of my virginity but I am worried that the doctor won't be able to perform the pelvic exam. Is it possible for a woman to be too small for the speculum? What's going to happen to my hymen? Depending on your age, your gyno may not need to perform a pelvic exam. Pap smears should begin at age 21, and prior to that, if you don't have any problems or pain, you likely don't need an exam. There are three things doctors can do so your pelvic exam is pleasant well, at least so it's not a miserable experience : They can use a narrow speculum; apply plenty of lubricant; and insert the the speculum very slowly.
You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. Your health care provider HCP should be sensitive and gentle, help you relax, and answer any questions you have. A pelvic exam is a way for your health care provider to examine your female organs and check for any gynecological problems. Most health care providers agree that you should have your first exam when you have symptom such as discharge or pain, or when you turn 21, whichever comes first. There are other important reasons that you may need a pelvic exam.
So-called virginity tests are unreliable, invasive and sexist. And yet they persist
This story was reported with the Fuller Project , a journalism nonprofit reporting on global issues impacting women. Twenty-two-year-old anatomist Andreas Vesalius stood over the limp body of an year-old Belgian noblewoman. A tight corset constricted her torso; she died from an ailment of the lungs, it seemed. He wanted to study something far more controversial: her hymen. It was the year , and the hymen —a membranous tissue found near the entrance of the vagina—had never been detailed in medical texts.
So-called virginity tests are unreliable, invasive and sexist. Celebrities and the Twittersphere howled in disbelief. Human rights advocates and doctors tut tutted their disapproval.
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