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Dr. Johnny Green
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
36 years in practice
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Is it true that a rectal exam is normal for a 30 yr old woman?

Dr. Johnny Green
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
36 years in practice
317K people helped
Is it true that a rectal exam is normal for a 30 yr old woman?

Yes: A rectal exam should be part of the annual pelvic exam for women. Generally done with one finger in the vagina and one in the rectum after evaluating the vagina and doing a pap smear. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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My former dr did a rectal exam on me while standing next to table resting my elbows on it I am a woman is that normal?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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My former dr did a rectal exam on me while standing next to table resting my elbows on it I am a woman is that normal?

Possible: That is a more common position to do male and prostate exam. But can be useful in female to allow anterior organs to fall forward- uterus etc. Supine or lateral are also common positions . The importance is to have a thorough exam whichever position. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
Board Certified, Family Medicine
28 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Carrie Cannon
Board Certified, Family Medicine
28 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Atul Singh
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
23 years in practice
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Hello, I am a 41 year old woman who is in good health. At a recent GYN visit, my dr did a digital rectal exam. While I was getting dressed Aftet the dr left the room, I noticed a test called Hemasure on the counter and it was becoming positive. When I met

Dr. Atul Singh
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
23 years in practice
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Hello, I am a 41 year old woman who is in good health. At a recent GYN visit, my dr did a digital rectal exam. While I was getting dressed Aftet the dr left the room, I noticed a test called Hemasure on the counter and it was becoming positive. When I met

Hemosure: Hemosure is used to test for blood on stool and is an immunlogical test with increased accuracy. You should discuss consideration of a colonoscopy with your MD to determine the reason for a positive test. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Johnny Green
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Red blood, mucus stool.Dr did rectal exam found lg.Rubber textured growth.Scheduled colonoscopy.Other than cancer what could it be?45yr, female.Thanks

Dr. Johnny Green
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Red blood, mucus stool.Dr did rectal exam found lg.Rubber textured growth.Scheduled colonoscopy.Other than cancer what could it be?45yr, female.Thanks

Benign polyp?: A rubbery growth could be a cancer but could also be a benign polyp that has not become a cancer yet. At colonoscopy the growth might be able to be removed or might be judges too large to remove safely but pieces (biopsies) will be obtained to tell what it is. The video image is usually very accurate for an experienced endoscopist. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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How is a rectal exam performed?

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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How is a rectal exam performed?

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

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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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At what age does a guy have to have a rectal exam?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Hashmat Rajput
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
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I'm a man nearly 50 years old. When do I need to go for a rectal exam?

Dr. Hashmat Rajput
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I'm a man nearly 50 years old. When do I need to go for a rectal exam?

Rectal exam: Recommended age for prostate cancer screening is 40 years. Also the rectal ex animation for colon, you should have it now at age 50. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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How can I relax and not tense up during rectal exam. I don't handle them well!

Dr. Victor Bonuel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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How can I relax and not tense up during rectal exam. I don't handle them well!

Try this: 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

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Dr. Marvin Den
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
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I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?

Dr. Marvin Den
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
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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

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