Also Known As: My Probe Into The Probe
My OB/GYN had an emergency ectopic (tubal) pregnancy crop up, so by the time he finally made it around to see me, I was almost half asleep. It's hard to get comfortable only wearing those funky hospital gowns, though.
But, things were fine and dandy - as usual. We discussed random business and then I said, "Sissy is two years old now, is it too late to give her back?" He thought it was hilarious. He doesn't live with Sissy.
When he asked me if I did my monthly breast exam, I told him the Evil Twin did. He said that didn't count, 'cause the Evil Twin wasn't looking for signs of problems at that point in time. Rats. I thought I had it figured out.
When the nurse left, I asked about the rectal exam. He said that technically, it is supposed to be part of the pelvic exam - at least once a year for most people. However, he also said that about 15 years ago, he had stopped doing it because his patients complained about it. (remember, I've been seeing him for 13 years, so I missed out). He said that by the time his patients are 45, he incorporates that back into the program or if he has a patient with a family history of colon cancer or problems, he does it then no matter what their age.
So, that is the story on the rectal exam along with the pelvic. For everyone out there who might read this: if you have a family history of this stuff or really would like to know more about your female health, ask your OB to do the rectal exam at your yearly appointment.
I mean, I don't plan on changing my mind about my preferences. Plus, I'll be 45 in only 5 short years from now, so I can expect to know more then.