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During the Test
• A nurse asks you about your health. Your blood pressure and weight are
checked.
• The nurse takes you to a room. You may need to open your blouse or
remove your top for the breast exam.
• You need to undress from the waist down. You will have a paper sheet
to cover your legs and stomach while you are on the exam table.
• Your doctor may start with a breast exam, gently feeling each breast to
check for lumps.
• After the breast exam, your doctor
asks you to put your feet in the
stirrups and move down toward the
end of the table. Let your knees fall
open.
• Your doctor sits near your feet and
turns on a lamp to see your vagina
during the test.
• Your doctor touches your inner thigh
and vaginal opening to check for signs of infection, lumps or other
problems.
• An instrument is gently put into your vagina. It holds your vagina open
for the test. Take deep breaths through your mouth to help you relax.
Let your doctor know if you feel any pain or discomfort.
• Your doctor wipes the cervix to get a few cells. This is called a pap
smear. The cells are sent for testing.
• The instrument is removed.
• With gloves on, your doctor puts 2 fingers gently into your vagina.
• With the other hand, your doctor will press on your lower abdomen to
feel the shape and size of your uterus and ovaries.
• When the test is over, you can get dressed.

The office will contact you if your test results are not normal.

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.




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