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Male Pelvic Exam
Good question: Men do not much pelvic content as their organs of reproduction are external. The prostate gland, which only males have, is behind the lining of the pelvis, and can and should be examined rectally in men. ...Read more
Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more
Do men usually go back to the exam room with their wife or girlfriend when they get their full physical & pelvic exam?
Yes: And vice versa. It depends on who you go to. ...Read more
Will clinic allow a 17 year old to go in for pelvic exam by male resident without adult supervision?
RN in room: It is unusual for a male physician to examine a female patient unclothed without a chaperone present, typically a nurse. However, due to confidentiality concerns, a parent may not need to be present, at the patient's request. This in no way implies that the physical exam would be unobserved or unsupervised. ...Read more
Pelvic exam: A pelvic exam is an uncomfortable exam both physically and sometimes mentally for some patients. It should not cause pain. If it did you should take to the health care provider who did the exam to make sure that they know so they can look for the reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You're in charge: First and foremost, know that you are in charge. You need to voice your concerns and fears with your MD. He or she should then be able to talk you through it. Keep breathing, otherwise you will tense up and make it more uncomfortable. ...Read more
1st gyne exam: You'll want to let the doctor know it's your 1st exam. Stay dressed to meet ; talk. The doctor will have you undress, lay back ; put your feet in "stirrups". He/she will gently examine the outside, place a "speculum" in the vagina to hold the walls open to be examined, look at the cervix ; finally place 1 or 2 lubricated fingers inside to feel the uterus ; ovaries. Ideally, this will not hurt. ...Read more
Not usually: The first pelvic exam is usually more scary than painful. If you have used a tampon, it should feel no more painful than that. If not, it may be a strange sensation to have any touching in that area, but concentrating on letting your muscles go loose and letting your legs fall apart is helpful. Your doctor will help explain what to expect to avoid any surprises. ...Read more