Do I still need pelvic exams after my hysterectomy? Page Content“Yes, you should continue seeing your gynecologist for an annual well-woman exam, which includes a pelvic exam,” says Michael Leung, M.D., a board-certified specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.Dr. Leung says that well-woman exams remain an important part of a woman’s overall health routine even after a hysterectomy. “A well-woman exam usually involves a pelvic and breast exam, as well as screening for osteoporosis, and, when relevant, management of menopause and bladder symptoms,” he says. “A referral to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy may also be advised.”Dr. Leung says pelvic exams allow the doctor to screen for infections and evidence of cancers.“The pelvic exam may also include a Pap smear – a simple procedure, usually performed in a doctor’s office – where a sample of cells is taken from the cervix and examined in a laboratory for abnormalities,” he adds.Dr. Leung says that Pap screening may be discontinued for women who have had a total hysterectomy – the complete removal of the cervix along with the uterus – for noncancerous reasons, as long as they have no history of abnormal Pap tests.“Continuing with your annual well-woman exams is a responsible way to help care for your health after menopause or a hysterectomy,” concludes Dr. Leung.