Hello, you! Are you ready to dive into the world of prostate exams? I know, I know, not the most exciting topic, but trust me, there’s more to it than just the infamous “finger up the butt” situation. So, grab a cup of coffee and let’s get ready to learn how doctors go about checking out the prostate gland.
A prostate exam is a simple procedure in which a doctor checks the prostate gland for any abnormalities or signs of cancer. The exam can be done either through the rectum (digital rectal exam) or through the blood (prostate-specific antigen test).
Before the exam, the patient may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period to ensure the bladder is empty. Some doctors may also recommend a bowel movement to make the exam easier.
During a digital rectal exam, the doctor will ask the patient to lie on their side and bend their knees. They will then insert a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum and feel for any lumps or bumps in the prostate gland. It may feel uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be painful. The whole exam takes only a few seconds.
After the exam, the patient may experience some minor discomfort or sensitivity in the rectal area. This should go away within a few hours.
Let’s face it, talking about butt stuff is awkward. But, as uncomfortable as it may be, it is important to prioritize our health. So, if you’re feeling nervous about a prostate exam, just remember that doctors do this all the time, and it’s nothing they haven’t seen before. Plus, it’s a great excuse to use the phrase “turn your head and cough” without feeling weird about it.
And there you have it, folks! A prostate exam may not be the most enjoyable experience, but it’s a necessary part of maintaining good health. So, if you’re due for one, don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with your doctor. And who knows, maybe you’ll walk away with a funny story to tell at your next family gathering. Just make sure to keep it PG!