Aligned with the National Certification Corporation format. Authored & peer-reviewed by Women’s Health NPs.
Each question is written to resemble the format and topics on the exam, meaning you won’t see any negatively phrased questions, no “all of the following except,” no “A and B”…you know what we mean. Most importantly, all questions include selective distractors (incorrect answer choices), which will help you think critically.
A 30-year-old nulliparous woman presents with cyclical pelvic pain that has progressively worsened over the last 10 months. She also complains of dysmenorrhea, hematuria, and pain with sexual intercourse. She has been trying to get pregnant but has not been successful. Which of the following physical findings is most suggestive of the suspected diagnosis?
Endometriosis refers to the growth of endometrial glands and stroma outside of the uterus, particularly in the pelvis and ovaries. It is characterized by chronic pain and infertility and is most prevalent in women with a mean age of 25 to 35 years. It is rare in young girls and postmenopausal women. Women with endometriosis classically present with the triad of dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and dyschezia. They may also present with cyclical pelvic pain and urinary symptoms such as dysuria, hematuria, urgency, or frequency. Physical exam findings suggestive of endometriosis include tenderness on vaginal exam, nodules in the posterior fornix, adnexal masses, and immobility or lateral displacement of the cervix or uterus. The physical exam may also be normal but the absence of findings does not exclude the disease. Imaging is of limited value and is only useful if a pelvic or adnexal mass is present. A transvaginal ultrasound may demonstrate a hypoechoic, vascular, or solid mass. Pelvic MRI should be reserved for equivocal cases of suspected rectovaginal or bladder endometriosis. The definitive diagnosis of endometriosis requires exploratory laparoscopy and biopsy. Treatment of mild to moderate endometriosis consists of the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral contraceptives. Leuprolide with oral contraceptives, laparoscopy, and hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (definitive treatment) are reserved for severe endometriosis.
Atrophic vulvar changes (B) are usually seen in postmenopausal women with atrophic vaginitis, a disorder characterized by dyspareunia, thinning of the vaginal epithelium after menopause, and vaginal pruritus. Cervical motion tenderness (C) is classically seen in patients with pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection (most commonly caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia trachomatis) that involves the cervix, vagina, endometrium, and possibly the fallopian tubes. Patients would present with mucopurulent malodorous vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, fever, and vomiting. A Bartholin abscess may present as a tender introital mass (D), usually located at the posterior aspect of the vagina opening. Bartholin abscess is a complication of an obstructed Bartholin duct, which is then colonized by microorganisms such as Escherichia coli (most common), Staphylococcus aureus, N. gonorrhoeae, and C. trachomatis.
Understanding why an answer choice is incorrect is just as important as knowing why one is correct. That’s why every Rosh Review question includes detailed explanations for the correct and incorrect answer choices. These comprehensive summaries link the most important components of a topic—from risk factors to diagnostics and treatment—giving you the context to build relationships between them.
Custom illustrations and tables help further clarify the core concepts. When information is presented visually, you can focus on meaning, easily reorganize and group similar ideas, and make better use of your memory.
Your personal analytics allow you to see your progress at all times, so you can create an efficient and effective learning strategy and stay on pace with your plan.
Deep insights to determine your strengths and weaknesses so you can spend your time on the subjects that matter.
Discover how your answer choices align with those selected by learners across the country.
Using data generated by previous users, your Qbank gives a prediction of how likely you are to pass your exam.
After each explanation is a straightforward question with a simple, memorizable answer that reinforces the corresponding topic.
These bulleted reviews focus on condensed, high-yield concepts about the main topic, from patient presentation to preferred management.