How is a prostate examination done?

During a prostate exam, the doctor positions you either on your side or bent over and inserts his index finger into your rectum to check for prostate abnormalities. Although this may be an uncomfortable test, in many men it is important to have prostate exams. Talk to your doctor for more information.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A prostate examination is simple, painless and over in seconds. The doctor will put a dollop of lubricant on a gloved finger, then quickly insert it into your rectum to feel for any irregularities in the prostate tissue and whether the prostate is enlarged.
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