This is a story about conflicting medical advice.
One group of doctors, represented by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommends yearly pelvic exams for all women 21 years of age and older, whether they have symptoms of disease or not.
But the American College of Physicians, representing doctors of internal medicine, says that potential harms of the exam outweigh benefits and recommends against performing pelvic examinations unless a woman is pregnant or has symptoms of disease such as bleeding, pain or signs of infection.
In March, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded there just wasn’t adequate evidence to recommend for or against annual exams. To read more from PATTI NEIGHMOND, click here.