Special Report: Should You Keep Doing Pelvic Exams? How to Decide
The USPSTF has found there is Insufficient Evidence for Pelvic Exam Screening.
USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence for Pelvic Exam Screening
Over the past few years we have seen diametric polar opposite shifts in prostate screening, mammography, and pelvis exam screening, among others. Expect these changes to continue, and if anything to accelerate. Much of the science underpinning our myriad medical screening standards will not stand up to serious scrutiny. Many of the studies which support these standards will be found to be wrong, or valueless.
Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
I know! The irony of using a research study to prove most research studies are wrong, but there you have it.
This only makes the doctor visit more difficult, since the patient needs to take more control of the relationship, and the doctor's roll needs to be returned to that of a knowledgable advisor offering advice, and not an expert whose advice must be accepted.
My prior posts on related issues:
Serum Cholesterol levels don't count?!
We are really good at diagnosing cancer, but is it the right cancer?
Counterintuitively, the best way to avoid breast cancer is to not use mammography screening . . .
For more reading on the subject:
H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., M.P.H
Start with Overdiagnosed, then read Less Medicine More Health, and continue on till sunrise . . . or the last book.