What are the new guidelines?
The American Medical Association no longer recommends annual pelvic exams, when your document manually checked inside and out, unless you are pregnant or have new symptoms.
Then why is my gyno still doing them?
Some doctors disagree with the new guidelines and argue that consideration remains key to the diagnosis and keep an eye on patients with a family history of gynecologic cancer.
So I can skip my annual visit?
Better not, says Taraneh Shirazian, assistant professor of gynecology at the Faculty of Medicine at Mount Sinai Icahn. Pelvic exam or not, your gynecologist will continue doing a breast exam, checking your vital signs, and chat with you about your health.