Questioning the Need for Annual Pelvic Exams


A recent New York Times article looks at a growing number of experts, including Dr. Carolyn L. Westhoff, a gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, who now question the value of conducting routine pelvic exams on asymptomatic women.

The performance of this exam is often a key part of an annual ob-gyn visit even though for women who are well there is insufficient medical evidence to recommend its use. The exam may not only lead to unnecessary additional tests and costs but may also in some cases discourage women from seeking necessary care.


Read the full article in the New York Times