My first rectal/prostate exam happened about 2 years ago at the family
physician's office. I was there to have my tailbone checked out
(couldn't sit for long periods of time). I was wearing a pair of slacks
and a dress shirt with dress shoes. He asked me some questions, then
told me to turn around and slip down my slacks and shorts. I dropped
them to my knees, then he spread the top part of my buttocks apart to
check the tailbone area--not sure what he was looking for, but he did
press on that area for a bit. After that, he told me that he wanted to
examine my prostate---just to make sure that it wasn't the problem.
He had me lie down on the exam table then told me to drop my pants and
pull my knees up to my chest. I dropped my slacks and briefs to my
ankles, then pulled my knees up. I watched him put the gloves on, then
put some jelly on his finger. He slipped his finger into my rectum and
I felt him rotate it quite a few times before saying that everything
was ok. Needless to say, it was pretty uncomfortable at first! Like
everyone says, it feels like you have to pee.
I had a much more detailed exam at the urologist's office last year.
Since I have ED, I'm on meds for that, and he examines me once a year.
I don't have to take everything off and put on a gown, like I do for my
annual physical at the family doc. But, he does have me take my pants
and underwear off. The nurse has me give him a urine sample, then she
told me to take off my pants and briefs. It seemed kind of dumb to
leave my socks on, so I took those off too. She left me a towel to
cover up with until he came in.
After he asked me some questions, he told me to stand in front of him.
After tossing the towel aside, I stood up. He had me stand with my feet
apart then told me to squat down slightly. He examined the shaft of
my penis, spread apart the head of it, then examined my testicles for
lumps. After that, he told me to turn around and bend over the table.
I kind of knew what was expected, so I stood with my feet wide apart
and bent over. He told me to squat down again. I reached back and
spread my buttocks apart so he could examine the rectal area. He asked
me to strain down like I was having a bowel movement. I could tell he
was using a lamp of some sort, because I could feel the heat.
After that, I felt him put jelly on my anal area, then he inserted his
finger---which seemed a lot deeper than my family doc did---probably
because of the position I was in.
That's pretty much it. Never had a rectal exam until I was 43.