Receipt of Pelvic Examinations Among Women Aged 15–44 in the United States, 1988–2017

Using National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data through 2017 for women aged 15–44, a new NCHS report describes trends overall and by age since 1988 in the receipt of pelvic examinations in the past year, and differences by Hispanic origin and race, education, poverty status, and health insurance status for 2015–2017.

Key Findings:

  • A decreasing trend in the receipt of pelvic examinations in the past 12 months among women aged 15–44 was observed from 1988 through 2017.
  • A decreasing trend in the receipt of pelvic examinations among women aged 15–20 and 21–29 was observed from 1988 through 2017.
  • During 2015–2017, receipt of a pelvic examination in the last 12 months was highest among non-Hispanic black women, followed by non-Hispanic white women and Hispanic women.
  • During 2015–2017, receipt of a pelvic examination in the past 12 months increased with increasing levels of education.

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