Gynecologists will be required to carry out a vaginal exam in their practice, and some doctors have already announced their intentions to do so.
But they are still concerned about the consequences.
Some doctors say that there is a risk that a woman’s health will be compromised.
Some say that the procedure can cause complications, including infection.
And some say that they have been reluctant to perform it.
One of those doctors, Dr. Mary Ann Satterwhite, is an OB/GYN in Jacksonville, Florida.
She’s also a clinical instructor at the University of North Florida.
She told ABC News, “I have a lot of patients who have never had a vaginal examination before, and they’re just terrified.”
“It can be really traumatic,” Satterwhites comments.
Satterwhite has had to deal with many patients in the past who were terrified of having to have the exam.
“You have people who are really scared, and then you have the ones who are more confident and then they just do it,” she explains.
But she is not concerned about people who don’t have a vagina.
“If you’re in the middle of the ocean, you’re going to get washed ashore,” she says.
But Satter White also has concerns about what the exam will look like.
“There’s no way to know whether you’re looking at a woman in a certain way or a woman without a vagina,” she adds.
“You have to see the cervix in a normal way, and that’s hard to do with an instrument like a dildo,” Satherings notes.
“That’s a very different procedure.”
The procedure is not without risk, however.
SatterWhite points out that vaginal examinations require a woman to get close to her partner.
“If she’s feeling more comfortable, she might want to move around and put her hands up a little bit, and we’re not going to be able to do that,” Saterwhite says.
“So we’re trying to minimize the risk of it happening.”
There is a way for patients to protect themselves, though.
One of the options for those who don�t want to go through the procedure is to use a laminaria.
This is a gel that can be inserted into the vagina, where it can be placed around the cervical opening.
Sterwhites says that she and her colleagues are trying to find ways to reduce the risk to patients.
They are currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a questionnaire that would be sent to women who have undergone the procedure.
The CDC has released a questionnaire for patients who haven’t had a vagina exam.
They can choose to answer yes or no to the following questions:What are the risks of having a vaginal ultrasound?
How long does it take to recover from a vaginal infection?
What are other options for people who may not have had a proper vaginal exam?
“We are working with CDC to try and figure out how to get this out there so we can help them,” Sayer says.