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Dr. Corey Clay
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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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What doctors give prostate exams?

What doctors give prostate exams?

Multiple: Family practice, internal medicine, urologists just to name a few. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do doctors give prostate exams for?

I was wondering what do doctors give prostate exams for?

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

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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

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What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

Prostate exam: We do not typically do prostate examinations on an 18 year old. Typically we check this at age 40 for hispanic and african americans, and at 50 for caucasians and asians, mainly due to the increased risk at these age groups for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

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How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

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

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Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

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

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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

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During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

Erection unlikely: Patients seldom get erections during digital rectal examination of prostate. Erection will subside on its own, should it occur. That is all the "help"you need ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Do nurse practitioners do prostate exams?

Do nurse practitioners do prostate exams?

Yes: Most nurse practitioners should be able to do prostate exams. ...Read more

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Ejaculated during prostate exam, should I be concerned?

No ejaculate...: 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

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What do you suggest if i had an erection during prostate exam?

What do you suggest if i had an erection during prostate exam?

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

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Prostate Exam (Definition)

A digital rectal exam where a doctor will insert a finger into the patient's rectum in order to feel the size, shape and properties of the patient's prostate. Helps evaluate for ...Read more