This is probably the most trivial issue to come to this board and I do feel silly asking this but did anybody else endure a genital/pelvic exam as part of the physical? I did and I’d like to know how common this is because not only did it make me feel terribly uncomfortable I feel it was unnecessary and my modesty could have been respected. The impression I get from reading the experiences of kidney stone sufferers is that many were sent to imaging (CT scan, ultrasound) based on the description of their symptoms alone skipping the physical altogether.
Now, I wouldn’t be complaining if I weren’t a very private man who jealously guards his modesty but the kicker is I didn’t consent to that part of the physical. When the physician asked to inspect my genitals I flatly said “No” turning my body away from her. However, because of that patient/doctor power imbalance I reluctantly cooperated with grinding teeth.
The examination of my intimate parts was fruitless. Whatever she was looking for could have been discovered simply by asking me questions. Afterwards I felt like garbage giving way to feelings of anger and resentment because I was expected to go along with it irrespective of how I felt about it.
Anyway, I’d like to get as much input as possible. And feel free to call me an oversensitive prude because I very well may be one but I don’t think patient modesty is given as much respect as it should.