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Giving myself a rectal examination? Can you feel your own prostate?

Giving myself a rectal examination? Can you feel your own prostate?

A contortion: Best done in the shower or tub. You can insert your middle finger in your rectum and work it upwards until you feel a spongy bulge under the inner wall. If soft, it is probably ok. But if you feel you need to check your prostate, then it is best done professionally by your doctor who knows the feel of others glands by his experience. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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How often should you have a prostate examination?

How often should you have a prostate examination?

Depend...: Nowadays, for average-risk men between 55 and 69, check it once every 2 years; for high-risk ones - family hx of prostate cancer, black men, agent orange exposure - check it yearly. Remember the frequency of checking prostate has evolve and change fast and drastically over the past 5-7 years resulting from closer professional and industrial scrutiny; surely, such trend will continue. ...Read more

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A few days ago i had a prostate exam. Everything was good no issues but ever since the examination I've had really bad pain in my anus. ?

A few days ago i had a prostate exam.  Everything was good no issues but ever since the examination I've had really bad pain in my anus.  ?

Anal Fissure/tear: You probabely have Anal Fissure as a result of Rectal Exam or a tear in the anal wall.Avoid constipation with high fiber diet and may need stool softner like Docusate Sodium.And plenty fluids.But if it persists see your doctor and you may be prescribed Nitroglycerine ointment 0.2% can be prescribed.It relaxes the anal sphincture and help the fissure heal.Other choice is Nifedipine cream. ...Read more

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Is prostate examination or DRE bad for health? The Dr did it rigorously that makes precum out in 15s.Will it cause prostate congestion or prostatitis?

Is prostate examination or DRE bad for health? The Dr did it rigorously that makes precum out in 15s.Will it cause prostate congestion or prostatitis?

No risk, no worry: It is normal to express fluid with a vigorous prostate exam. Digital rectal examination of the prostate is harmless and will not cause either "congestion" or prostatitis. ...Read more

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Days ago i had a prostate examination. However, later, i always have a sense of defecation but cannot and seems anus is about to fall. What is wrong?

Days ago i had a prostate examination. However, later, i always have a sense of defecation but cannot and seems anus is about to fall. What is wrong?

Prostate irritation: The prostate exam, in which the examining finger was pushed against the wall of the rectum and the prostate gland, was the probable cause of your discomfort. This usually clears up in a few days. However, you may have had an inflamed prostate and the doctor may have done a prostate massage in order of get the inflamed prostatic fluid to drain. This would make the discomfort worse and last longer. ...Read more

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Is there a new way of diagnosing prostate cancer without doing the digital examination?

Is there a new way of diagnosing prostate cancer without doing the digital examination?

No good ones: Unfortunately, there is no reliable screening test for prostate cancer. The digital examination may detect changes, but it is uncomfortable and does not pick up 100% of cancers. The psa blood test may be falsely elevated in other conditions. With that said, the definitive surgical procedures used to stage and evaluate prostate cancer are invasive and have many side effects. ...Read more

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Can prostate examination cause prostatitis? I went to a urologist he poke my prostate rigorously. Can i get chronic prostatitis from this procedure?

Can prostate examination cause prostatitis? I went to a urologist he poke my prostate rigorously. Can i get chronic prostatitis from this procedure?

No: Rectal examination of the prostate will not cause prostatitis. 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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I was told had prostatic hyperplasia in a ultrasonography examination . I have never had sex.So, how can I do?Thx~~

I was told had prostatic hyperplasia in a ultrasonography examination . I have never had sex.So, how can I do?Thx~~

One possibility: A pitfall that may occur when a young man is being examined is that the large volume of prostatic fluid may fool the examiner. Both this and prostatic hyperplasia (an old man's concern) produce a symmetrically enlarged prostate. If you'd gone for a few days without masturbating, this is the likely explanation. Congratulations too on saving yourself for that one special girl -- excellent move! ...Read more