Vaginal examinations: women's experiences and preferences

N Z Med J. 1986 Jan 22;99(794):8-10.


A 70 item questionnaire, completed by 199 women attending the Wellington family planning clinic, sought information on the experience of their previous vaginal examination. A wide variety of experiences and preferences was found but in particular, women appreciated an explanation of the procedure, a warm speculum, and a relationship with the doctor that was sensitive to the woman's feelings during the examination.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Communication
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pain / etiology
  • Patients / psychology*
  • Pelvis*
  • Physical Examination* / methods
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vagina