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    What a Great Experience this group has become. The kinship in Brotherhood. There is such a diverse range of topics. This is the place we can be as open as we want to be... Everyone is welcome to join, but it is not a place to Cruise. It's for sharing sexual questions and comments among men.
    annual check up
    An_245670 posted:
    just about to turn 40 and it seems as though for my annual check up it is very vague. what should they be checking.

    some of my colleauges say they have to wear a gown and dr checks them from head to toe and it can last an hour.
    hairyd responded:
    Each doctor's exam is different. Some still offer a gown. Other have the patients undress different pieces of clothes down to off with the boxers. I prefer to strip naked before the doctor enters the room. But I had started doing the exam with my father when I was 10. I agree on each annual check up you should be checked head to toe. At your age you should start a yearly exam. Prepare the question you want to ask the doctor. It may feel awkward. For someone to touching and looking at each inch of your body. But you want to still HEALTH.
    Anon_3669 replied to hairyd's response:
    My doctor comes in and does a history. After that he has me undress down to my shorts and then does the exam. It is head to toe. Eyes, ears, nose, throat. Uses his stethoscope to listen to breathing and parts of the abdomen. He probes the abdomen. He has me stand and pull down my shorts and does the genital exam, has me cough and does the hernia check. He has me turn over and lean over the table and does the DRE (rectal exam) to check the prostate. Since I go in annually to the same DR. I ask the receptionist to send me the lab orders in advance so that I can get them taken care before the visit. this way the Dr. has the results and can go over them during the office visit.

    As HarryD said, each Dr is different. He has a set order he follows so that he remembers to do everything. It also may vary based on your age and your history. The important thing it so find a doctor that you are comfortable with and to go in annually. We guys have it easy than the women.
    Sportigus replied to Anon_3669's response:
    I had the opposite problem! I recentley moved to the South and during my exam I had my clothes on! No squeez and cough, no looking at my body to see if anything was wrong! I can,t see my back., ect. He did do a digital exam but that was it. I am not sure if all Southern baptist doctors are like this( it almost felt like he was embarrassed to do it. ) feel free to e mail me here if you need to know more, Frustrated
    SS1995 replied to Sportigus's response:
    Sportigus - sounds like you need a new doctor. I'm in the South as well and my dr has me drop the drawers every physical.
    Sportigus responded:
    Thanks, think I need new doctor
    Sportigus replied to hairyd's response:
    Thanks for reply dude,
    I just don't know how to start talking about ED so easy. do people do one on one here?
    sun44 replied to Sportigus's response:
    My exams are done totally nude and my doctor is very thorough and spends lots of time discussing my health concerns. I am over 40 so he does a complete rectal and protsate exam. You need to find a good doctor who you feel comfortable with and someone who you can talk to about your health. Usually after my exam starts the doctor will tell me that it looks like ED is not a problem for me. But you still need to be able to talk to your doctor about this is it is on your mind.
    sun44 replied to sun44's response:
    Correction on my email, it should be
    hairyd replied to Sportigus's response:
    A doctors are men first!!!!! Therefore like men some are embrassed to look at or talk about a penis. Therefore I would change doctors. In the future if this happens. Tell the doctor you had request a full exam. Therefore you want your penis checked.

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