Many doctors perform a recto-vaginal exam along with a normal
pelvic exam. A doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the vagina and
one into the rectum. He or she will then palpate the abdomen with the other
What can a doctor tell by a recto-vagianl exam?: This type of exam allows the
doctor to examine and identify abnormalities, especially on the uterus and
ovaries more clearly. If you are experiencing rectal or pelvic pain, a
recto-vaginal exam may help to find the source.
A diagram of a rectovaginal exam