Gynecology / Women's Health Expert Forum
routine pelvic exam
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and support regarding gynecology issues such as: Cervical Disorders, Colposcopy, Cramps, Cystitis, Fallopian Tube Disorders, Menstruation, Ovarian Disorders, PAP Test, Pelvic Exam, PID, PMS, Surgery, Tests, Ultrasound, Uterine Disorders, Vaginal Disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

routine pelvic exam

I have been going to the same gynecologist for the last six years. During my last exam, after the vaginal exam, my doctor probed my anus with his finger for a few seconds. I was uncomfortable and a bit shocked. I do not remember this ever happening, is this part of the exam?
Related Discussions
603463_tn?1220630455
Hi!
Yes, it is part of the exam.  I usually do a rectal exam on any patient who is older than 39.  I usually warn them that it is coming though!  I also give them the option to refuse.  The reason to do the exam is to check the back side of the uterus and also to check for blood in the stool/bowel.  I was uncomfortable and shocked the first time too!
Good luck!
Dr B
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
603463_tn?1220630455
Elaine Brown, MDBlank
Elaine Brown, MD - BLOG
Billings, MT
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank