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After Hysterectomy Pelvic Exams Are Still Necessary

After Hysterectomy, Pelvic Exams Are Still Necessary

February 29, 2020

If you’re unsure as to whether you still need a pelvic exam after you’ve had a hysterectomy, Michael Leung, MD, FACOG, a board-certified OB/GYN specialist at Kelsey-Seybold, has the answer: “Yes, you should continue seeing your gynecologist for an annual well-woman exam, which includes a pelvic exam.”

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 test – a 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.

Portrait of Michael Leung, MD, FACOG, Gynecology and OB/GYN specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Leung is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "As a male provider in this field, I recognize that patients have a choice in whom they choose based not only on credentials and qualifications, but gender as well. It is my goal that when patients choose me to take care of them, they don't see me as a male OB/GYN, but rather the best OB/GYN for them."
Dr. Adesina from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

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