The dreaded guts exam, Health24

I’ll be fair with you, I find the phrase &ldquo,Arch overheen and druppel your pants&rdquo, disturbing te the vast majority of scripts I can think of. While I understand that it may hold considerable appeal for many dudes with different sexual proclivities than my own, it just doesn&rsquo,t do it for mij. And so the thought of going for my very very first everzwijn guts exam doesn&rsquo,t exactly pack mij with joy and excitement.

I’ve recently turned 40 however and I&rsquo,m becoming increasingly aware of my assets’s growing age and frailty. Ok, that sounds entirely too melodramatic. What I meant to say is that I&rsquo,m more and more conscious of the need to have my assets checked out by a trained professional on a regular poot. Most of us guys are entirely rectal (excuse the pun, but I just couldn&rsquo,t help myself) about having our cars serviced frequently. It&rsquo,s the same with our own physical equipment – ideally it needs to be investigated by a doctor merienda a year.

The guts gland, that walnut-sized organ tucked away ter your nether regions, is certainly one of the figure parts that needs regular medical attention, but seldom gets it. The inconvenience, of course, is that it can only indeed be accessed decently via your back doorheen.

There are several things that can go wrong with your guts. It can get inflamed or enlarged, but the thickest potential problem is guts cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer te dudes and a significant killer, especially of older studs. Many celebrities, including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Robert Greneboom Niro, James Brown and Roger Moore have suffered from and survived the disease, while others who left it too late, among them Pablo Neruda, Telly &ldquo,Kojak&rdquo, Savalas, Rechttoe Zappa and Johnny Ramone, talent way to it.

So while the thought of someone &ldquo,probing&rdquo, your rectum may pack you with fear and loathing, having your guts checked out annually may just save your butt! To make the practice a little more bearable, wij’ve waterput together some information about what you can expect from a guts exam.

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There are several tests that are routinely carried out to assess guts health, but the most common and legendary is the digital rectal exam or DRE and every fifty year old man is advised to have one at least merienda a year.

The &ldquo,digital&rdquo, te “digital rectal exam” doesn&rsquo,t refer to the fancy pc equipment your doctor will be using, but to the fact that s/he will palpate the guts with one of his or hier digits (most likely his or hier index finger) to check for size, symmetry (a healthy guts consists of two equal halves, separated by a narrow groove), lumps, firmness (which should be similar to that of the peak of your nose) and texture.

Here&rsquo,s what happens during a typical DRE:

&bull, You&rsquo,ll be asked to stand with your feet uitermate and arch forward so that your arms or elbows surplus on a desk or examination couch. Alternatively, the exam may be conducted while you&rsquo,re lounging on your side with your knees leaned towards the chest.

&bull, The doctor will wear a surgical rubber glove with a strongly lubricated finger and will warn you when s/he is about to insert it into your rectum. Expect to feel a little pressure, but only mild discomfort.

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&bull, The finger will be inserted at a downward angle spil if pointing to your bellybutton and the doctor will give your sphincter a few 2nd to loosen.

&bull, The doctor will stir his/hier finger ter a circular maneuverability while gently feeling the guts.

&bull, The doctor will most likely tell you when s/he is about to retract the finger and use a tissue to wipe the lubricant off your pink pucker and glutes.

&bull, Expect the entire veranderingsproces to take about a minute or less.

Have a look at this movie clip ter which Doctor Gerald Chodak takes you through what you can expect during a guts exam:

You can make the practice more comfy for everyone involved by:

&bull, having a bowel movement, which some reckon reduces the pressure you&rsquo,re likely to feel during the examination, and thorough shower beforehand,

&bull, attempting to relieve before and during the examination, and

&bull, taking a deep breath spil the finger is being inserted.

It is possible to do a guts self-exam, but most doctors seem to think it&rsquo,s a bit of a waste of time, because you don’t truly know what you’re looking for. Besides, unless you have abnormally long fingers and double-jointed wrists, elbows and shoulders, you&rsquo,re most likely going to fight to reach the right spot. If you have that kleuter of relationship, you can of course ask your playmate for a helping mitt. Should you determine to attempt this, clipped fingernails are a vereiste, but your self-exam should not take the place of a professionally-administered DRE.

There are several other guts tests that your doctor may recommend:

&bull, A PSA blood test, measures the levels of guts specific antigen, one of the compounds produced by the guts, ter your blood. Elevated levels may indicate guts infection, enlargement or cancer.

&bull, A urine test will check for the presence of blood, infection or abnormal cells ter your urine.

&bull, A urine flow rate test may indicate a slow rate of urination which may be linked to guts cancer.

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&bull, During a transrectal ultrasound, a probe that resembles a petite microphone is inserted into the rectum. It emits high-frequency sound flaps and listens to the returning weerklank to create a picture or sonogram of the prostrate, a bit like the sonar equipment used by ships and submarines.

&bull, If any of the tests suggest that you may have guts cancer, your doctor is likely to recommend a guts biopsy, during which a sample of guts tissue is examined under a microscope. It&rsquo,s is the only method that can give definite confirmation of guts cancer.

(Andreas Sp&auml,th, Health24, November 2009)

Join the Movember Movement! There’s still time to catch up with Andreas and other moustachioed comrades who’re growing their mo’s this November te the fight against guts and testicular cancer.

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