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Old 04-10-2005, 05:05 AM   #1
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Nudity during exam

Just a question: is it normal to be nude during my exam at the dr's? I was told to take everything off (underwear included) and put on the gown. After the doc checked my heart, lungs, etc, he had me lie down and drop the gown to my abdomen so he could check that area.

After that, he had me remove the gown altogether and stand in front of him so he could check my penis, then bend over to do the rectal/anal exam. I've heard and read about doctors having you lift the gown to do this part of the exam, or sometimes they have you remove the gown, but you still have your underwear on.

Just curious.

 
Old 04-10-2005, 05:39 AM   #2
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They have to see & feel everything for a complete physical exam.

That is normal. Sometimes they have to have a witness in the room if they are afraid of being sued for sexual advances.

 
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Old 04-10-2005, 07:24 AM   #3
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It seems a little odd. How old are you? I'm had exams all my life but I've never been totally nude while it was done. Usually it was "remove your shirt" and then "drop your pants" which always left a feeling that I had some clothes on in which I could flee if need be. But, each physician has there own method for doing exams. If you're uncomfortable, it's OK to tell him/her. OR, find a doctor who allows you your own privacy. It's your body and, if you're like me, you're not built like Michaelangelo's David so keeping it private is OK. chris

 
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Re: Nudity during exam

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Just a question: is it normal to be nude during my exam at the dr's?
Normally I strip to my underwear and the doc does his checking, then asks you to pull the underwear down so he can do the rest. So I'm not nude but pretty close too it.

 
Old 04-11-2005, 10:19 AM   #5
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Different doctors and hospitals have different methods for doing things but you should always remember that the patient as rights to what is being done to his/her body. If you are uncomfortable with this doctor's method, tell him and I'm sure he will accomodate in any way necessary.

 
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Re: Nudity during exam

My doctor has me completely naked for the entire physical exam, both the question and answer portion and the actual hands on portion of the exam. I think that every doctor has there own way of approaching this. We're both men and I have no problem being naked as long as he and I are the only ones in the room.

 
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I usually keep my underwear on until I have to drop my drawers for those parts of the exam.

 
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I would go crazy if I was the only one naked in the room while my doctor had on his white shirt and tie. Certainly, it might be different if we were both naked. No, really, I cannot imagine answering medical history questions in the nude. chris

 
Old 04-12-2005, 01:48 PM   #9
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When I go to the doctors, the nurse usually tells me to strip down and he'll be with me shortly. I say ok and act like I'm starting, when she leaves I stop. I refuse to sit in a room half nude/ nude waiting for a doctor and also while we are talking. It only takes a few seconds to drop your drawers he can wait.

 
Old 04-15-2005, 05:35 AM   #10
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Re: Nudity during exam

With me the nurse tells me to strip to my underwear, and then the doctor comes
in and tells me to take off my underwear and put it with my other clothes on the chair.
He then proceeds with the physical. No big deal-he's gonna see it all anyway.

 
Old 04-15-2005, 10:19 AM   #11
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With me the nurse tells me to strip to my underwear, and then the doctor comes
in and tells me to take off my underwear and put it with my other clothes on the chair.
He then proceeds with the physical. No big deal-he's gonna see it all anyway.

I think every doctor is different. I guess I don't have a problem with being completely nude while he does the exam down there. The gown was already untied in the back, and down around my waist for the abdominal exam, so when I sat up, it was practically off anyway. I guess he felt it was easier just to stand up and throw the gown aside rather than having to put it back on, re-tie it, then lift it up again to do the genital/rectal exams.

As far as underwear being left on, I've read/heard about doctors having the patients remove their underwear before the exam: especially if you're wearing a gown. So, that really wasn't all that unusual.

I suppose if they have you put your feet in the stirrups and lie down to do the prostate exam, you'd leave the gown on. I've heard that more & more doctors are doing the prostate exams like that now.

 
Old 04-29-2005, 07:23 AM   #12
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I've had several different doctors over the years and most times I've been asked to strip down to my underwear and wait for the doctor. He would perform most of the exam with me in my underwear, then ask me to pull my underwear down when it came time for the genital and rectal exam. A few times I have just gotten nude right away because I didn't mind and knew I needed to anyway, and it was a doctor I knew and was comfortable with.

Once I was seeing a new doctor for the first time and after taking some history with me clothed he asked me to undress completely. It was a pretty routine (very thorough) exam until it came time for the prostate exam. He had me get up on the exam table on my hands and knees! He was a short little guy and said that positioning made it easier for him. He also examined my testicles again while I was up there. I was taken aback but got over my surprise and it was no big deal in the end.

 
Old 04-29-2005, 02:20 PM   #13
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On my hands and knees, thats how my doctor does the exam also.
I've have'nt heard of any docs doing the exam in stirrups around here though.

 
Old 05-02-2005, 10:02 AM   #14
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I've had several different doctors over the years and most times I've been asked to strip down to my underwear and wait for the doctor. He would perform most of the exam with me in my underwear, then ask me to pull my underwear down when it came time for the genital and rectal exam. A few times I have just gotten nude right away because I didn't mind and knew I needed to anyway, and it was a doctor I knew and was comfortable with.

Once I was seeing a new doctor for the first time and after taking some history with me clothed he asked me to undress completely. It was a pretty routine (very thorough) exam until it came time for the prostate exam. He had me get up on the exam table on my hands and knees! He was a short little guy and said that positioning made it easier for him. He also examined my testicles again while I was up there. I was taken aback but got over my surprise and it was no big deal in the end.
I've heard of doctors examining patients in that position before for a prostate exam. They can reach higher into the rectum with the patient in that position. As far as the testicle exam goes, he may have examined you again in that position because of the way that the scrotum would hang down in that position.

 
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