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I am a 29 year old male during a job physical at a local clinic the female doctor gave me the most complete physical ever it included a testicular and prostate exam do you think is it normal for a... Read More

  1. Visit  powernurse profile page
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    Actually, the proper answer to your question is that testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer found in males age 20-35. It is important to perform self exams just as women are encouraged to perform breast exams. Cancer can be deadly so preventative exams are nothing to be embarrassed about. For more information search prostate cancer or testicular cancer at nih.gov.
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  2. Visit  uk_nurse profile page
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    ok this is probably not part of an employment physical, but in my eyes you consented to her doing it. If you were not happy you are within your rights to refuse. Can i ask if you thought this was not part of the physical why did you consent? Remember consent does not have to be vebal or written. If you undressed by your own free will for the examination to be carried out thats consent.
  3. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I'd like to know where you guys work? I've NEVER had anything other than a check of my lungs and heart (with clothes on) for ANY job.
  4. Visit  educatingnurses profile page
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    Is there a family history of testicular cancer or has the patient stated something that may be of concern?
  5. Visit  pat29 profile page
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    Quote from uk_nurse
    ok this is probably not part of an employment physical, but in my eyes you consented to her doing it. If you were not happy you are within your rights to refuse. Can i ask if you thought this was not part of the physical why did you consent? Remember consent does not have to be vebal or written. If you undressed by your own free will for the examination to be carried out thats consent.
    A lot of you are under the impression that I was given a choice (think women do) I was not. Here is how it went down.

    I was brought into the room by a nurse she told me to get undressed and put on a gown.
    The doctor came in and did the normal stuff (lungs heart)
    The doctor did the genital part
    The doctor told me to bend over the table
    I got the exam

    No chit chat no chance to object.
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  6. Visit  uk_nurse profile page
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    i would question the doctor as to why i would have to bend over the table..... You do have the chance to object.
  7. Visit  gth profile page
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    I have come to the conclusion in the last 10-15 years that female Drs. are more comples in what ever they are doing. If i am spending my money then I want the most for it so I will always go to female when possible and not let it bother me what ever she does. My polio is comming back and it took a female to discover it.
  8. Visit  Gennaver profile page
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    Quote from pat29
    Yes she was very through!! and the job physical did not require most of what she did it was very embarassing to have to get the exam with a female doc I am asking if it is normal to get a prostate exam at under 40
    Listen, I am sorry for you that you felt embarassed and really hope that you can get past that.

    For most women who have paps they are not 'checked thoroughly' although they are SUPPOSED to be!! Yup, in hindsight it is to our (as patients) benefit for thoroughness to occur.

    So, for the same embarassment you are feeling is likely a reason that many people uneccessarily go undiagnosed.

    The "exam" is not to embarass you/us, it is to protect us, and sometimes, legally-to protect the provider via ensuring thoroughness.

    I am more aghast upon discovering that the average gyne exam includes charging for the full exam, (which includes the digital rectal insertion in order to palpate more thoroughly) and that it is NOT done. I have had paps since about 1983...only discovered this news last year in my nursing class.

    Gen-hope you realize that a physical exam is not "to embarass" you
  9. Visit  Igottaquestion profile page
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    Quote from pat29
    I am a 29 year old male during a job physical at a local clinic the female doctor gave me the most complete physical ever it included a testicular and prostate exam do you think is it normal for a healthy 29 year old to recieve a prostate exam it was very embarasing
    Hi,
    my question is, should I be concerned that I did NOT get the normal testicular and prostate exam during my annual complete physical? I have no embarrassment about it (not sure what that guy was upset about) it's the usual requirement so it's no big deal, doctors and nurses are professional. Anyway, I'm 42, fit and pretty active, healthy, but sit all day at a computer for work, no family history of cancer, etc..

    The doctor was a young female if that makes any difference. My last dr was a male and he was always short with me and didn;t seem to listen. My ex-girlfriend is an OB and she said (the same thing that I read on this board) that female docs are more thorough. So I feel wierd asking but I'm wondering why this normal part of the exam was skipped.

    When the doc was done I kinda joked (as I had had the normal nervousness anticipating it the entire time) as she was leaving, "So I won't have to turn and cough?" and she said, "No, you're fine." And I thought, "Oh, cool!" But then later I was thinking, hmm, isn't it a big deal to check for that stuff for men, especially after age 35-40?

    Of course I'm not going to specifically ask for it, that would seem a little odd or perverted. But you go in once every few years for a physical so you'd like to get your money's worth and be sure about everything.

    (The doctor knows that I'm avid biker (bicycle), riding about 100-200 miles a week, for fitness and training, if that makes any difference. I'm no Lance Armstrong... hey, wait, didn't he? ... ) I also had an MRI a month ago for possible lower back/pelvic/leg issues.

    Thanks for any feedback!
    I really appreciate it because again, it would feel wierd to question the dr or her nurses, as if I was asking for a pubic and rectal exam, ya know? But I just want to know I'm completely heathly.

    If I called on the phone and spoke to the nurse would they take it as a legitimate question and be able to answer it for me? Or would they have to pass it on to the doctor? I guess I'm a bit uncomfortable with the idea of anyone thinking I'm overthinking this or that I'm being a wierdo and specifically requesting that the dr examine me "down there".

    I hope this all makes sense.

    Thanks again!
  10. Visit  Gennaver profile page
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    Quote from Igottaquestion
    Hi,
    my question is, should I be concerned that I did NOT get the normal testicular and prostate exam during my annual complete physical? I have no embarrassment about it (not sure what that guy was upset about) it's the usual requirement so it's no big deal, doctors and nurses are professional. Anyway, I'm 42, fit and pretty active, healthy, but sit all day at a computer for work, no family history of cancer, etc..

    ...
    I hope this all makes sense.

    Thanks again!
    Hi there,
    Now I see this post...

    It is a tough call, some providers do not do the prostate digital until age 50...my *ex* husband was 40 and his provider never even mentioned it, yet she was going to prescribe him medicine for BPH, (benigh prostate hypertrophy I think) anyhow, I called and requested a baseline prostate digital rectal be done first.

    It was.

    The providers I worked for did baselines at age 40.

    Cancers do not wait until 50 and I am for thoroughness. Not wastefulness but, thoroughness. If you had/have any symptoms or familial history then call and request a check up.
    Good luck,
    Gen
    p.s. if anything an easy way to request this is to mention that you know (so and so) had cancer very early and you want to request a baseline because of x y and z. Sometimes we all overthink but, if you are concerned to the point where you cannot stop overthinking it, then it sounds best to have a baseline to rule it out of concern.
    Last edit by Gennaver on Apr 29, '07 : Reason: to add the p.s.
  11. Visit  uk_nurse profile page
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    All i can say on this is if u in UK u dont get a physical unless there is something they need to check. All u do here is fill in a questionaire about your health. So i wouldnt worry by not having one.
  12. Visit  CaDad profile page
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    I find it interesting how all the female nurses " Jump" to the aid of the Female Nurse or Doctor in question when if the situation were reversed all hell would break out. For example, a woman getting a pap smear test for a job physical.
    I cannot tell you how many times I have heard other males complain about the callused disregard for males and their privacy or modesty and the obvious overkill in the examining room. I personally think we need a few lawsuits to educate the male population that Female Doctors and Nurses are capable of abuse. That should clear this up. I have to actually lock the examination door when I see my Male Doctor because the female doctors, nurses and even the staff feel they can all be spectators. It is insane how out od control females are getting in teh medical world.
  13. Visit  zone9 profile page
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    Wow! Interesting.

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