There’s great news for women who dread that annual pelvic exam (i.e. basically everyone). On Tuesday, a panel made up of medical experts that advise the government said that there’s not enough evidence to support doing them for women who are healthy and not pregnant.

The conclusion, issued as a draft recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is a strong endorsement of the recent evidence that has been building against the practice that is performed 63 million times annually and is estimated to cost $2.6 billion. This is the first time the task force has made a statement related to pelvic exams for gynecologic conditions and is likely to impact what millions of women decide to do about the test and what insurers will cover.

“The Task Force is calling for more research to better understand the benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic exams in women without any complaints or symptoms,” Task Force member Francisco García said in a statement.

In 2014, the American College of Physicians, which is made up of internists, expressed similar reservations about the procedure. The group said that in reviewing 60 years of research they did not find support for the idea that it helps catch cancer or other conditions in women who do not have symptoms such as bleeding or pain.

However, the ACP said the test does cause harm because of the invasive nature of the procedure and because it sends many women down a rabbit hole of tests and surgeries when their condition is actually benign.

The ACP’s statement has put it at odds with another medical group, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has said the test builds trust and that the decision about whether to screen or not screen is an individual one that should be left up to doctors and their patients.

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