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

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Dr. Monika Heller
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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.
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Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

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Dr. Danny L. Proffitt
Family Medicine
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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.
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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?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
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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.
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Preventing Prostate Cancer

Do's And Don'ts

Don't wait until its too late; Do get a prostate exam per your doctor's recommendation.

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Dr. Charles J. Cattano
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Just turned 50. My primary care doc did lots of blood work, a prostate exam, & sent me for a colonoscopy. Shouldn't I have a dermatologist check me?

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Confusing question


Your primary physician is trained to make an initial assessment of your skin and I suppose he/she also did a general physical exam.Just ordering blood and doing a prostate exam is not any sort of routine office visit.The general exam looks for skin issues, although it may not have been discussed. You are always free to consult a dermatologist if you have a specific concern.
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Got a prostate exam by primary doc (For frequent urination),he asked while doing it if it hurt, i did have a dull pain, he said he doesn't think i have prostate issue. How accurate is his analysis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Rectal exams


Massage of the prostate by a finger in the anus is never comfortable and often creates significant discomfort. This may be interpreted as pain by the person being examined, but may not necessarily represent disease. The experienced examiner can usually tell what is meaningful and what is a normal reaction to the insult. Without knowing your PCP I cannot really comment on how accurate they are.
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Preventing Prostate Cancer

Do's And Don'ts

Do have a have a regular prostate exam. PSA often falsely positive. Exam is better. Ultrasound best!

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

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Dr. Robert H. Lim
Family Medicine
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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.
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Can a doctor determine the difference in cancer and prostitis by a prostate exam?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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Not by


digital palpation, but only a biopsy tells Gleason score and treatment option. Young men do not get prostate cancer.
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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?

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Dr. Robert K. Killian
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Teens and Sex


First, this time will pass. It can be frustrating to have an erection all of the time and all boys have to deal with this period in some ways. Yes, the prostate is full of nerve endings and many men learn to enjoy some massage of this during their sexual play. Many girls learn that this is a special secret to please their men and enhance their orgasm. This is normal, and common.
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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?

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Dr. Donald J. Higby
Medical Oncology
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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.
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What is a digital prostate exam?

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This is a prostate examination to check the prostate. It is performed by placing into the rectum and feeling the entire prostate gland. The prostate is checked for any irregularities such as firmness, nodules, tenderness, etc. as these may be related to various clinical conditions including prostate cancer.
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