Summary: For adult women undergoing routine pelvic examination and cervical cancer screening, conducting the examination WITHOUT stirrups (placing the feet on the corners of a fully deployed table extension rather than using stirrups), may lead to a reduction in the woman’s sense of vulnerability and a reduction in her physical discomfort, without any decrease in the quality of cervical smears obtained.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16803941

Strength of Recommendation = B

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