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How do I know if my pelvic exam was thorough?

How do I know if a doctor is being thorough during the pelvic exam? My last exam I had a female doctor who was nice, however she just seemed to rush through it and was done in a few minutes. When I was younger I had a male doctor who was also very nice, however before the breast exam he had me drop my gown to my waist and hold my hands above my head for a minute or two, and during the pelvic exam he thoroughly looked at the outside of my vagina for several minutes before he did the pap smear. Was there anything wrong with either exam? I want the exam to be over with quickly, but I also want to make sure the Dr is thorough and doesn't miss anything. Do most Drs just rush through it, or do most Drs take their time? Are they more thorough if you haven't been in a while? Are they more likely to rush through it if you are older/married? I haven't been in a while, and I just wanted to know what to expect when I go the next time.  (Jul 28, 2011 | post #1)