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Why do menopausal women need pelvic exams?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
It is my belief that menopausal women do need pelvic exams due to the fact that vaginal cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancers all have more prevalent risks in menopausal women.  The most common age of ovarian and uterine cancer is 65 years old, and these women are all in menopause; and because of this, it is deemed appropriate for these women to have regular pelvic exams. If a woman has had a hysterectomy and both of her ovaries removed, then she only needs a pelvic exam if she is having vaginal problems.

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