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Does a Pelvic Exam Mean Pap Test

False.  The speculum exam is just a way we can look at the

False.  The speculum exam is just a way we can look at the vagina and cervix. That's all.  The Pap is where we take a smear of the cervical tissue to see if the cells are normal, and the culture for STD is a swab we do.  Both are done through the speculum and I think that's where the confusion comes in.

There are many instistances where we need to look inside your vagina for other issues such as vaginal bleeding or non- STD related vaginal infections.

Hope that clears it up.

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