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Old 02-20-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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female health issue

Hi,

I have never posted here before. I am a 26 yr old female and I have cerebral palsy (diplegia). I am able to walk independently but with some diffciulty.

I was wondering about other female's experiences with pelvic exams. I have never had this type of exam, but am aware that it is commonplace for females my age. All of my non-CP friends have had these exams. I wonder if nobody has ever discussed this with me because of my disability. Is that possible? Also, because I have a fair amount of spasticity in my legs I am not sure how I would actually be able to accomplish having one of these exams. Does anyone have any ideas?
I hope this doesn't seem to personal. It's just that, as I get older I am starting to think having a pelvic exam is an important part of making sure that I am in good health.

Any info would be great.

 
Old 02-20-2007, 09:24 AM   #2
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Hi,that is a very good question. I have been having them done for 11 yrs now.

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I wonder if nobody has ever discussed this with me because of my disability.
It is possible, but I have found that many women just don't like to discuss things like that.

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Also, because I have a fair amount of spasticity in my legs I am not sure how I would actually be able to accomplish having one of these exams.
I am the same way. My doctor useually has a nurse gently help hold my legs where they need to be so that she can preform the exam. I would also suggest haveing a female preform the exam it may help you relax some. I know it did me.
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:52 PM   #3
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Re: female health issue

I've had them, it's definately doable. Just inform them that it's hard for you to relax your legs and like was mentioned maybe they will hold them. I don't have them hold mine, though...I like rto concentrate on keeping my legs to the sides instead of the exam .

 
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