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Insufficient Evidence for Pelvic Exam Screening

USPSTF statement; 2016 Jun 28

A draft recommendation statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) indicated that there is insufficient evidence for pelvic exam screening in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women aged ≥18 years who are not at increased risk for specific gynecologic conditions. It does not apply to pregnant women or adolescents. The draft recommendation says:

• The USPSTF recommendation concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women.

• The statement does not apply to pelvic examinations performed for the purpose of screening for specific disorders for which the USPSTF had already issued a recommendation.

Citation: US Preventive Services Task Force. Draft recommendation statement. Gynecological Conditions: Screening with the pelvic examination. June 28, 2016. Accessed July 11, 2016.