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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

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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What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

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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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

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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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?

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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During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

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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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?

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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Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Prostate Exam (Definition)

A digital rectal exam where a doctor will insert a finger into the patient's rectum in order to feel the size, shape and properties of the patient's prostate. Helps evaluate for ...Read more