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Rectovaginal exam

A rectovaginal exam is done to examine the vaginal and rectal areas for abnormalities.

During a rectovaginal exam, your doctor places one lubricated, gloved finger into the vagina and a second finger of the same hand into the rectum while pressing on the lower abdomen with the other hand. This allows your doctor to check the size and shape of your pelvic organs.

A rectovaginal exam may be done as part of a gynecologic exam.