The pelvic examination is a necessary health screening for sexually active female adolescents. This article describes how to perform a pelvic examination, including collecting specimens for sexually transmitted infections, wet mount evaluation, and the Papanicolaou test. Additional sections cover abnormal findings and special considerations.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Alison Moriarty Daley is an assistant professor, Yale University School of Nursing, Pediatric NP Specialty and a pediatric NP for Yale-New Haven Hospital Adolescent Clinic, New Haven, Conn.
Polly F. Cromwell is an assistant professor, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Houston, Tex.