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Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination

Release Date: March 2017

Recommendation Summary

(What's This?)
Asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women who are not at increased risk for any specific gynecologic condition

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.


This statement does not apply to specific disorders for which the USPSTF already recommends screening (ie, screening for cervical cancer with a Papanicolaou [“Pap”] smear, screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia). See the Table for more information.


To read the recommendation statement in JAMA, select here.

To read the evidence summary in JAMA, select here.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

Current as of: March 2017

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

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