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.
A rectal examination is sometimes needed to investigate:
Men sometimes need a rectal examination to check for problems with the prostate.
The prostate is a small gland that only men have. It:
Your doctor or nurse should explain what's going to happen and why you need a rectal examination.
They'll know that some people can feel embarrassed, but it's a common procedure.
Let the doctor or nurse know if:
First, you'll be asked to undress from the waist down. If you're wearing a loose skirt, you can usually just remove your underwear.
Let the doctor or nurse know if you'd like to get changed behind a curtain or be alone in the room.
The doctor or nurse will:
If you're a man, the doctor or nurse may press on your prostate. This can make you feel the urge to pee, but it shouldn't hurt.
Once you're dressed, they'll discuss the results of the examination with you.