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At What Age Does A Guy Have To Have A Rectal Exam
No age limit: Rectal examination done as a part of physical examination or when indicated to age limit for, male or female. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Routine exam: Includes a rectal. Two positions: lying on side, bending over. With women it can be done as part of pelvic lying on back using fingers in vagina and rectum. A glove & lubricant are always used. The exam in men chcecks prostate as ewll as rectum, in women recto-vaginal septum. Stool on the glove is used to detect occult blood. A good exam should be thorough but not painful. ...Read more
Rectal Exam: 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 information to your provider. ...Read more
Open your mouth and do slow deep breathing while you're having the exam or
try humming a tune and think of picturesque imagery.
Good luck! ...Read more
It depends: On the reason they're doing a rectal exam. They usually check for hemorrhoids, anal fissure, blood in stool or any abnormalities related in the anus or rectal area. It usually does not take that long, a few seconds unless they use an anoscope. In males, the most common reason is checking the prostate, hemorrhoids and blood in the stool. ...Read more
I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?
Rectal exam: It usually means a finger placed in the anus. It is usually part of a gyn exam. It is uncomfortable, but usually not more. I take it that is what you are asking. If there is an intestinal problem no vaginal exam may be involved. ...Read more
Polyps: Polyps are not frequently found during a rectal exam because they are higher up in the colon and/or rectum and not able to be felt with the examiner's finger. ...Read more
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Possible: It is possible and I am sure it has been done. We put things in peoples rear end all the time in medicine - suppositories, exams, enemas, disimpaction, scopes. But I am not sure you could reliably detect anything wrong so it is probably more curiosity than utility. ...Read more
It is possible, but it takes a physician lots of time to learn how to do one correctly and what to feel for to be able to tell what is normal and what is abnormal.
You can certainly do one on yourself, but have your physician do one during an annual exam too. ...Read more
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