Vaginal Self-Examination (VSE)
A vaginal self-examination is a way for a woman to look at her
vagina. A vaginal self-examination may help you better
understand your body, the changes that take place during the
menstrual cycle, and any problems that may need
medical attention. See a picture of the
The best time to do a vaginal self-examination is between your
menstrual periods. A vaginal self-examination should not replace a regular
pelvic examination by your doctor.
Why It Is Done
A vaginal self-examination can be done to:
- Help you learn more about your body and what is
normal for you.
- Help you check for vaginal sores, abnormal
discharge, or other problems, such as
How To Prepare
To do a vaginal self-examination, you will need:
- A small flashlight or good lighting in the
- A handheld mirror with a long handle.
Choose a time when you are not having a menstrual period. Do not
use vaginal creams or douches before doing the examination.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 10, 2010
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