Clinical Practice Guideline

Screening Pelvic Exam

Screening Pelvic Examination in Adult Women

(Endorsed, August 2014)

The guideline on Screening Pelvic Examination in Adult Women was developed by the American College of Physicians and was endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Key Recommendation

  • Performing a screening pelvic examinaton in asymptomatic, nonpregnant, adult women is not recommended.

These guidelines are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient’s family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These guidelines are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the guidelines must be implemented.