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How to Perform a Pelvic Exam for the Sexually Active Adolescent

Daley, Alison Moriarty RN, CS, PNP, MSN; Cromwell, Polly F. RN, CPNP, MSN

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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.

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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.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.