Rosalyn, what your friend has told you coincides with my own experience. I have a long history of getting erections when being examined by my female MDs. It has happened literally dozens of times even though I am in late middle age, and in front of five or six different women doctors. The first time it happened I was a bit embarrassed but ever since then I have been very impressed with the easy way my doctors treat the situation. Sometimes they ignore it, but more often they just smile and treat it as a normal, everyday event. Which of course it is. I literally have no control over it, I am sure it does not affect them (other than perhaps finding it amusing), and it is a quite natural occurrence. When I read on boards like this one men expressing fears of getting an erection in front of a female doctor, I want to counsel them that I doubt very much that their doctors will take offense and that the problem is in their head, not hers.