Yep, that’s right: Most healthy women can say good-bye to the part of checkups where their gyno whips out a speculum to peak around the inner workings of their vagina. Earlier this week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a group of leading health experts, said there’s no evidence pelvic exams—the poking or prodding that happens down there—have real benefits. (This recommendation doesn't apply to women who are pregnant or have preexisting symptoms that would specifically warrant an exam.) But for most women, there's now less reason to dodge the gyno.
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