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What Doctors Give Prostate Exams
GP checked urine for UTI, no sign of UTI. Also did prostate exam inserting finger via rectum, said was fine. Does that totally exclude Prostatis?
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
Check for cancer:
A man needs an annual prostate exam to assess for nodules. Nodules are suspicious for cancer. 25% of men with prostate cancer have a normal psa reading but a nodule on the prostate.
Prostate exams also give a clinician an idea of enlargement, which can guide therapy for trouble with urination. ...Read more
Does a prostate exam hurt? I’m in my 40s, so I think my doctor might want to do a prostate exam at my next checkup. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt. Is there any way I can make it hurt less?
No: Having had many, I would have to say they are not comfortable, but they don't really hurt, unless the prostate is infected. I can't think of any way to make it "hurt less" but I think if you have one you'll be surprised that it isn't that bad. ...Read more
I am nervous about getting my prostate exam. How long do doctors have to fiddle around inside my butt? Will I be put to sleep or awake?
No worries: If you can let a dentist fiddle around in your mouth to do a dental cleaning, you can let a proctologist fiddle around inside your butt to check out your prostate. They are merely two ends of the same gastrointestinal tract. Don't bite a dentist when he's cleaning your teeth, and don't squeeze your butt when a proctologist is sizing your prostate. Let him take the time he needs to do his job well. ...Read more
What is average age for prostate exam? Just had physical with new doctor. She said 50 years old. I'm 43, my old doctor was doing them even in my 30s
Prostate Exam: That is bizarre and unusual and inappropriate. A male under 50 does not need a prostate exam without a specific medical reason for such an exam. Your new doctor is right. ...Read more
Reflection: Many people have anxiety about medical doctors for various reasons. It is important to talk about these anxieties with your doctor and consider different ways to help you challenge your anxiety. Avoiding situations that make people anxious will only worsen the anxiety/phobia with time. ...Read more
Depends: First, you should have no reservations about a female doing your exam. If you are just too timid or bashful for a female to do your exam, see how she feels about it. A frank and open discussion should be had. If a male professional is available, perhaps this is not an issue to ask for. Otherwise, you need to plan ahead to find a place where only males provide this care. Ask and be open. ...Read more
I get an erection every 20 minutes, seen my doctor they said nothing was wrong and my girlfriend gave me a prostate exam using latex gloves (felt good?
I hear doctors have to stick their fingers up the butt hole to perform the prostate exam. That is scary to think about. Do they go all the way up butt?
Prostate exam: The prostate is approximately 2-4 inches from the anus. This is why it can be examined during a digital rectal exam. ...Read more
Prostate exam: Your primary doc can do one or he/she can refer you to a urologist, especially if you have other symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more
During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?
Got a prostate exam by primary doc (for frequent urination), he asked while doing it if it hurt, I did have a dull pain, he said he doesn't think I have prostate issue. How accurate is his analysis?
Rectal exams: Massage of the prostate by a finger in the anus is never comfortable and often creates significant discomfort. This may be interpreted as pain by the person being examined, but may not necessarily represent disease. The experienced examiner can usually tell what is meaningful and what is a normal reaction to the insult. Without knowing your pcp I cannot really comment on how accurate they are. ...Read more
Just turned 50. My primary care doc did lots of blood work, a prostate exam, & sent me for a colonoscopy. Shouldn't I have a dermatologist check me?
Confusing question: Your primary physician is trained to make an initial assessment of your skin and I suppose he/she also did a general physical exam. Just ordering blood and doing a prostate exam is not any sort of routine office visit. The general exam looks for skin issues, although it may not have been discussed. You are always free to consult a dermatologist if you have a specific concern. ...Read more
Would a Endocrinologist be able to check your sperm volume and count along with giving you prostate exam and checking your penis and testicles?
Usually, no ejaculation will take place on digital rectal exam (dre) due to stress, discomfort, ; pressure from doc's examining finger. But dre-examined men may have some expressed prostate fluid dripping out urethra from intentional massage to obtain specimen to verify if prostatitis"does exist.
Or, occasionally, intrarectal electroejaculation may be induced for infertility after spinal cord i. ...Read more
Means nothing: It's actually fairly common and says nothing at all about what kind of a man you are. Relax and be thankful for good health. ...Read more
Sure: Your doctor's seen it plenty of times before. It means nothing about who you are. ...Read more
After all test taken for epiditimitis and came up negative, and a prostate exam negative. Why is my epiditimitis still sensitive?
Epididymus: The epididymus doesn't like to be messed with in any manner and it is not at all unusual for it to be chronically tender even in the absence of inflammation and infection. I have seen patients whose epididymus has remained tender for years. Your urologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you, however. ...Read more
New dr did not perform testicular or prostate exam during physical but prior dr always did. I'm 44 should prostate and testicular be part of physical?
Docs Vary: It is hard to judge the quality of practice of a doctor based what they examine on a single visit. If you like them ask for the exams you would like without judgement. It is perfectly reasonable for you to want your prostate and testicles examined. Perhaps a patient strenuously objected to the offer. It takes getting used to a new doc, but you should begin 2 really trust them soon or switch. ...Read more
They shouldn't, but.: Prostate exam for prostate cancer screen is usually performed digitally (with a gloved finger). It is a quick procedure to feel for nodules/masses. Pain depends on the individual; it is subjective. If there are cuts/fissure, previous trauma (emotional, physical or radiation) and or infection men may have pain. Most men do not experience pain with the exam, so p cancer screen should not be avoided. ...Read more
Here are some...: For high-risk men, i. e., having family Hx of prostate cancer, blacks, & Agent Orange exposure, start prostate exam at 45-50; for average risk men, start prostate exam at age 50-55. Over the past 5-10 years, significant shift in age recommendation for prostate exam has taken place resulting from more professional scrutiny. To http://www. Formefirst. Com/NewAUAPSA. Html for more detail. ...Read more
No, and. ..: It is nice to know you are ahead of the game concerning prostate health. If you have some issues about urination, seek evaluation for right care. At 18, the odd to have significant prostate issue almost next to none. To help you know more on men;s voiding and life reality, go to articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onBPH-LUTS-VoidingTrouble. Html, & http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. ...Read more
Yes: Most men are a little anxious about having a prostate exam. It consists of the physician placing the index finger into the rectum to feel the prostate to assess for size, consistency, and nodules. This digital examination and a blood test called psa are screening tests employed to help detect prostate cancer. ...Read more
Here are...: I realize the digital rectal exam (DRE) is the most dreadful part of prostate exam. To ease the tension from DRE, do these: anticipate some discomfort but not bad; keep both hip joints in at least 90-degree flexion in either standing or lateral position; open mouth, take deep breath, and relax the anus. These together will make DRE a more acceptable experience than ever. Best wish... ...Read more