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Doctor insights on: Are Ovarian Tumors Found During Vaginal Or Rectal Exam

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Really nervous about vaginal exam, speculum always hurts and i can never relax enough. What can I do and how uncomfortable is rectal exam?

Really nervous about vaginal exam, speculum always hurts and i can never relax enough. What can I do and how uncomfortable is rectal exam?

Uncomfortable: Both the vaginal and rectal exams are uncomfortable, but should not be painful. You can request a smaller speculum. They come in different sizes. Try to relax the muscles on the inside of your thighs by letting your legs fall open. That will reduce the pressure of the speculum. ...Read more

Rectal Exam (Definition)

A rectal exam is where a practitioner examines the last part of the colon (or rectum) by placing a finger or small plastic scope through the anus. This is important to detect issues such as prostate problems, continence disturbances, rectal cancers, and more. While often uncomfortable for patients it is very short and gives a lot of ...Read more


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Tailbone pain, that gets more severe after a bowel movement? Pain when push on inside of vaginal walls towards anus. Had a normal rectal exam.

Tailbone pain, that gets more severe after a bowel movement? Pain when push on inside of vaginal walls towards anus. Had a normal rectal exam.

Rectal Xame 4 coccyx: pain very diagnostic. Sounds gross but MD is able 2 grab the coccyx with the index finger in the rectum & the thumb on the outside. If this is done, and the coccyx is wiggled it would B very painful. I would get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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How to relax during a rectal exam?

Breathe: Take deep breaths and follow the doctor's advice and guidance. ...Read more

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Can Dr's always feel internal hemrhoids during a digital rectal exam ?

Can Dr's always feel internal hemrhoids during a digital rectal exam ?

May be...: To a great degree, finding something significant is quite examiner subjective, reflecting individual acuity and keenness as well as the existing features such as the size & consistency of a tumor; so is digital rectal exam (DRE) to feel the presence of internal hemorrhoids. Besides, all life events always display on their pattern of full spectrum; at their very early stage, it is hard to perceive, ...Read more

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Can you feel the linea dentata during a rectal exam? I feel something asymmetrical and hard like cartilage in the opposite direction of the prostate.

Can you feel the linea dentata during a rectal exam? I feel something asymmetrical and hard like cartilage in the opposite direction of the prostate.

Do not do it: Doing a rectal examination on yourself is not advised. You do not feel the dentate line. What you felt opposite to the prostate is likely to be the lower end of the tailbone. If you have a health issue, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

No.: Not at all common. Just embarrassing and uncomfortable, but not painful with KY lubricant use. Better return to the doctor and discuss it. Perhaps there is a painful lesion there to make a fistula a possibility which causes pain? ...Read more

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Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Yes: With rare exceptions, i recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovarian cysts or nodularity of endometriosis, in women over 40, it provides an exam of the rectum which can show occult polyps or even cancers. I feel the rectal exam adds to the completeness of the pelvic exam allowing a true clean bill of health. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my doctor finds poo during a rectal exam, is this normal?

What does it mean if my doctor finds poo during a rectal exam, is this normal?

Happens all the time: It is not uncommon for there to be stool in the rectal vault; otherwise testing stool for blood in this manner would not be a common exam. ...Read more

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How do u "squeeze" during a rectal exam? Is itlike pushing to poop or more like a keagal?

How do u "squeeze" during a rectal exam? Is itlike pushing to poop or more like a keagal?

Hmm: Squeeze your gluteal muscles together and it should close your rectal sphincter. Using a combination of kegel and gluteal muscle exercises should do the trick. Why are you needing to squeeze your rectum? ...Read more