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I am 40 had my well woman exam today. For the first time, it

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I am 40 had my well woman exam today. For the first time, it included a rectal exam. Nobody told me to expect it, nobody asked if it was ok. I feel violated.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I am not sure what your medical question is.

A rectal exam is a normal part of the complete exam.

However, it should always be explained, what is going to happen, why, etc.

before having any invasive part of the exam.

I can not imagine that someone would do a rectal without saying they were

going to do a rectal...that is very bad practice.

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