Some forums can only be seen by registered members. I have been having annual gyno exams for about 5 years now. A friend of mine recently mentioned that she had a rectovaginal exam during her visit. I was somewhat shocked by this, considering she is in her early twenties with no case history including familial of reproductive problems. She continued to tell me that her doctor, who is a male, performs this during every annual exam as a standard procedure.
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Increasing access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming healthcare services for trans communities. Physical examination should be relevant to the anatomy that is present, regardless of gender presentation, and without assumptions as to anatomy or identity. Sensitive history taking is required to understand the myriad and individualized changes and characteristics in the context of hormone administration and surgical intervention. Consideration should be given throughout the visit to potential prior negative experiences within the health care setting, including discrimination as well as physical or emotional abuse. When conducting a physical exam, providers should use a gender affirming approach.
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Back to Health A to Z. A rectal examination is where a doctor or nurse uses their finger to check for any problems inside your bottom rectum. It's usually very quick and you shouldn't feel any pain.