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Dr. James Krick
Board Certified, Urology
31 years in practice
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GP checked urine for UTI,no sign of UTI. Also did prostate exam inserting finger via rectum, said was fine. Does that totally exclude Prostatis?

Dr. James Krick
Board Certified, Urology
31 years in practice
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GP checked urine for UTI,no sign of UTI. Also did prostate exam inserting finger via rectum, said was fine. Does that totally exclude Prostatis?

No: Prostatitis is largely diagnosed by symptoms assessment and history rather than by a "positive test". urinalysis and urine culture are often negative with prostatitis ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Stress, worrying, apprehension... no matter what you call it, anxiety is a natural part of life. You can't escape anxiety, however we can all find healthier ways to manage it. There are many things we can do to help manage our anxiety - including meditation, exercise, and cutting back on stimulants ...Read more


Dr. Monika Heller
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
9 years in practice
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How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

Dr. Monika Heller
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
9 years in practice
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How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

Reflection: Many people have anxiety about medical doctors for various reasons. It is important to talk about these anxieties with your doctor and consider different ways to help you challenge your anxiety. Avoiding situations that make people anxious will only worsen the anxiety/phobia with time. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Robert Lim
Board Certified, Family Medicine
29 years in practice
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What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

Dr. Robert Lim
Board Certified, Family Medicine
29 years in practice
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What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

Prostate exam: We do not typically do prostate examinations on an 18 year old. Typically we check this at age 40 for hispanic and african americans, and at 50 for caucasians and asians, mainly due to the increased risk at these age groups for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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What is average age for prostate exam? Just had physical with new doctor. She said 50 years old. I'm 43, my old doctor was doing them even in my 30s

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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What is average age for prostate exam? Just had physical with new doctor. She said 50 years old. I'm 43, my old doctor was doing them even in my 30s

Prostate Exam: That is bizarre and unusual and inappropriate. A male under 50 does not need a prostate exam without a specific medical reason for such an exam. Your new doctor is right. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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I get an erection every 20 minutes, seen my doctor they said nothing was wrong and my girlfriend gave me a prostate exam using latex gloves (felt good?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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I get an erection every 20 minutes, seen my doctor they said nothing was wrong and my girlfriend gave me a prostate exam using latex gloves (felt good?

Good for you: Enjoy being young. This is well within normal limits for a teen. This is a time for exploring and learning about love -- and especially to love responsibly. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Higby
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
47 years in practice
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Does a prostate exam hurt? I’m in my 40s, so i think my doctor might want to do a prostate exam at my next checkup. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt. Is there any way i can make it hurt less?

Dr. Donald Higby
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
47 years in practice
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Does a prostate exam hurt? I’m in my 40s, so i think my doctor might want to do a prostate exam at my next checkup. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt. Is there any way i can make it hurt less?

No: Having had many, i would have to say they are not comfortable, but they don't really hurt, unless the prostate is infected. I can't think of any way to make it "hurt less" but i think if you have one you'll be surprised that it isn't that bad. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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Can a doctor determine the difference in cancer and prostitis by a prostate exam?

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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Can a doctor determine the difference in cancer and prostitis by a prostate exam?

Not by: Digital palpation, but only a biopsy tells gleason score and treatment option. Young men do not get prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

Erection unlikely: Patients seldom get erections during digital rectal examination of prostate. Erection will subside on its own, should it occur. That is all the "help"you need ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
43 years in practice
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I hear doctors have to stick their fingers up the butt hole to perform the prostate exam. That is scary to think about. Do they go all the way up butt?

Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
43 years in practice
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Prostate exam: The prostate is approximately 2-4 inches from the anus. This is why it can be examined during a digital rectal exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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Depends: First, you should have no reservations about a female doing your exam. If you are just too timid or bashful for a female to do your exam, see how she feels about it. A frank and open discussion should be had. If a male professional is available, perhaps this is not an issue to ask for. Otherwise, you need to plan ahead to find a place where only males provide this care. Ask and be open. ...Read more

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