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Mar 15, 2013 - 1 comments

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Physical examination

I went to the dermatologist recently for a skin cancer screening. Here's what it was like.

I had to fill out some paperwork, and I listed family members who had melanoma. That's one of  the main reasons I went in for the screening. This took about 5 or 10 minutes.

They called my name and took me back to the room. I was told to undress to my underwear and to put on a gown. Now, this is the reason I'm writing my thoughts.

The gown was just ridiculous! It was a rectangle when folded, and when I unfolded it it was still a large rectangle. There was absolutely no ergonomics to the thing what so ever. I pulled it onto the front of me and sat there with big creased shoulders.

When the doctor came in I was asked to lie back onto the padded table. Then the doctor pulled the gown to expose my chest and arms. It took less than a minute for her to check, and then she put the gown back up over me.

Next I was instructed I could roll over onto my stomach which was just silly. How could I roll over on a narrow table with my legs sticking out over the end? "Or," she said, "you can stand." So I stood up.

While I was standing with the gown on the doctor looked at my back, and then we were done. She said there was nothing to worry about. The spots I had asked about were not threatening. I was warned about too much sun exposure and told to always use sun screen. I should be checked once a year.

I guess I just don't understand the gown. It was awkward! It actually made me feel vulnerable because I felt an obligation not to offend the doctor. It just seems that the medical profession is overly concerned these days with modesty.

I mean, seriously, I go to the pool and the beach not wearing a shirt, why is it a problem for me to not wear a shirt during an exam? I would have been perfectly comfortable in my underwear. I would have actually felt more comfortable because I would have been able to move more freely. And, how is my underwear that different from a bathing suit? It's almost the same really.

I think guys should strip to their underwear (always taking care to wear a nice clean pair). If the doctor is going to treat the body, the doctor should not be afraid of the body.

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by twox4, Sep 27, 2014
I agree with your sentiments. Thats why I strip down, even if told by the nurse to strip to boxers. (How rude of her to assume I was wearing boxers?!?!)

During my last three exams, nurse observer present for the first one, I simply asked if I could remove the paper drape. She was fine with it, except the first exam with her nurse present. The doctor kept standing between the nurse and me while speaking with me. She also offered, several times to get a new drape for my lap. I tell her its not necessary.

I do not like the hide and peek aspect of the exam. It feels like we are doing something wrong or taboo. She is going to see the goods anyway, so why not.

My last exam I was completely nude for about 85% of the time she was in the room for my follow up. We spoke about her findings and she took a sample of nail bed fungus she had suspected. All while I remained nude. She did tell me to get dressed and when she returned she had a nurse follow her. I did not see a need to have the nurse in the room as she said nothing and took no notes or images (like she did on my first exam).

The doctor remained professional in the exam room, I expect nothing less.

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