Pelvic exams do a lot more than diagnose STIs. Here is a pretty concise explanation of the purpose of these exams from WebMD:
A pelvic exam helps a health professional evaluate the size and position of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. It is an important part of preventive health care for all adult women. A pelvic exam is done to help detect certain cancers in their early stages, infections, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or other reproductive system problems.
I’ve been looking through Scarleteen’s website and although I’d like to reblog almost every article, here are just a few that I think are really important.
something we talk about a lot here.
Frank conversation about Disability and Sex is always great.
Y’all are always hearing me talk about the horrible history of Virginity, well here you go.
Of course based on some of the points I’m an unfit Sex Educator (but we already knew that) because unfortunately my only background in sex education is this website. However, I’m working to change that and trying to network with other more reputable sex educators so I can learn more and become more reputable. Also, as far as the name thing goes, I started off not indulging my name because I was trying to be more professional and also I found that if I just called myself FYSE that people wouldn’t always readily assume I was a woman which did wonders for my feelings of dysphoria and if someone wanted to know more about me I always gave out my private blog. However, with the new site I’m going to include my fool name because I want to use this as a chance to network and it’s just easier if people have a name to call you.
For a couple years now, we’ve had a handy-dandy, free* SMS/text service anyone with a cell and data plan can use to get one-on-one help or advice about sexuality, sexual health or relationships.
Whether you need help finding (or understanding) sexual healthcare, an LGBTQ group near you, have a question about your body, are struggling to deal with a breakup, trying to get the courage to take a pregnancy test or report an assault, our staff and volunteers are on call to talk with you directly and personally, without templates or auto-replies.
So, if you haven’t already, file our digits away for yourself or a friend should you ever be on the go and in need. We’ll be at the ready to have your back. :)
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