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How To Do Bimanual Vaginal (PV) Examination

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  1. Egyptian Doctor

    Egyptian Doctor Moderator Verified Doctor

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    1- Introduce yourself to the patient and clarify her identity. Explain what you would like to do and obtain consent.

    Explain she should feel little, if any, discomfort and that the examination should be over fairly quickly.

    A chaperone is required for this examination

    2- The patient should be exposed from the waist down. Ask her to lie on her back, ankles together and to let her knees fall apart as much as possible. You should try and remain some of her modesty by putting a cover over her.

    3- Wash your hands, put on some gloves and inspect the outside of the vagina. Check the labia and clitoris looking for any obvious abnormalities such as erosions.

    4- Lubricate the index and middle finger of your right hand. Explain to the patient that you are about to start the procedure.

    5- Use the thumb and index finger of your left hand to separate the labia majora and firstly insert your index finger, checking for any cervical excitation. If none is present, then insert your middle finger.

    6- Palpate all of the vaginal walls as you advance your fingers feeling for any obvious abnormalities.

    7- Using your fingertips, palpate the cervix, feel for its size, shape and mobility – check with the patient if it is tender.

    8- At this point palpate the uterus by pressing it between your right middle and index fingers and your left hand placed on the lower abdomen. Feel for any masses

    9- You should also try to palpate each of the ovaries. This is done by placing your internal fingers in the right fornix and trying to press the ovary between them and your left hand placed in the right iliac fossa.

    Do the same for the left ovary.

    Note any tenderness or masses which you may feel.

    10- Once complete, remove your fingers, check your glove for any discharge or blood, and then discard your gloves in the clinical waste bin.

    11- Offer the patient a tissue, cover them up and thank them. You should now report your findings back to the examiner



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  2. Benson Minja.

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    gud... i like it!

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