My old school Primary Care Dr retired a couple of years ago. The physical exam started with the shorts on and a gown. He would ask the usual history questions and concerns. When the exam started and I was lying on the table he would remove the gown and do all of the usual lung, kidney, abdomen, vein checks etc. When it came time for the genital and testicle exam, he had me remove my shorts and stand in front of him while he sat on a stool and did the exam, I was totally nude. For the prostate exam he would have me get on the exam table nude and get in the chest to knee position. I have now seen two other DR's in the practice for my last two physicals. Both did the entire exam with the gown on the entire exam, one had me push my shorts to my knees and lay on my side for the prostate exam and never checked my penis or testicles, the DR this year did the entire exam with the gown on but had me drop the shorts as he had me bend over the table ( gown on) for the prostate and then just lift the gown to expose my genitals for the hernia check. I did not feel that I had a very thorough physical either time. I am thinking of changing to a new group.View Thread
I am early 50s and just had a urological exam due to a follow up for a Kidney issue previously. The Urologist had me naked from the waist down, palpated the bladder, kidneys, groin veins, the penis from the base to the head, palpated testicles and did a prostate exam. It was uncomfortable for me but necessary to see that all was well. It was all very medically professional and I did not have any type of reaction. I just need a follow up again in one year.View Thread
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