I have read that at your first pregnancy exam they do a rectal exam. Is this true? Can you refuse it if you are not comfortable with it? I would feel very much invaded and do not want that done. Would I be wrong if I told the doctor not to do it?
From what i gather, rectal exams are not common but they are not unheard of either. I know personaly my doctor has never done one, and i've had 3 kids and i don't know how many paps. Ask your doctor, assuming that your not having any problems down there there really should be no reason to do one.
The only thing I had done was they stuck a swab inside the rectum for a brief second and that was it. They were looking for strepB as they do in all women, but that was much later on in the pregnancy... I know some doctors test for it much earlier so maybe that is what they are talking about.
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Mine didn't. I honestly don't think I would have let someone put something up my butt. I know in a few weeks I have to get the Strep B test (every pregnant woman does) and they test with two swabs: one for the vagina and one for the rectum. But they just swab on the outside, they don't stick it up your butt or anything. Still not looking forward to it.
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The nurse said they will take some cultures. I am really hoping this does not include the butt exam. Just thinking about it makes me feel horrified. I can barely get over the regular annual exam with the pap smear. I just feel so exposed, and it's very humiliating. I just need to pray I can get over some things for this pregnancy. I can't even begin to imagine all those people in the room during delivery. Oh, I need help!!!
Just remember that you can refuse that part if you are not comfortable with it. I just got back from my 1st pap appt and he suggested the idea but I was not comfortable with that let along the pap. I knew I had to have the pap done but the rectal exam, I wasn't going for. Talk to your doctor to see if that is a regular practice and then tell him your concerns if any about it. Good luck