Rectovaginal examination

A rectovaginal examination is done to examine the vaginal and rectal areas for abnormalities.

During a rectovaginal examination, your doctor inserts one lubricated, gloved finger into the vagina and a second finger of the same hand into the rectum while pressing on the lower abdomen with the other hand. This allows your doctor to feel where and how large your pelvic organs are. You can tell your doctor if it hurts when your organs are touched or moved.

A rectovaginal examination may be done as part of a regular gynecologic examination. A Pap test is also usually done at this time.

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