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Clinical Summary

Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination

Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Population Asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women who are not at increased risk for any specific gynecologic condition
Recommendation No recommendation.
Grade: I (insufficient evidence)

Note: This statement does not apply to specific disorders for which the USPSTF already recommends screening (i.e., screening for cervical cancer with a Pap smear, screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia).

Screening Tests The pelvic examination may include any of the following components, alone or in combination: assessment of the external genitalia, internal speculum examination, bimanual palpation, and rectovaginal examination.
Balance of Benefits and Harms The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic women for the early detection and treatment of a range of gynecologic conditions.
Other Relevant USPSTF Recommendations The USPSTF has made recommendations on screening for cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, as well as counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections. These recommendations are available on the USPSTF website (

For a summary of the evidence systematically reviewed in making this recommendation, the full recommendation statement, and supporting documents, please go to

Current as of: March 2017

Internet Citation: Clinical Summary: Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. March 2017.

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