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Unread 01-09-2008, 02:56 PM
Standing Pelvic Exam???

I have been told by the GYN that I have prolapes uterus, cystocele, rectocele, entrocele. I go to the UROGYN on Friday and have read they may do a standing pelvic exam. I can't begin to imagine how they would do this and am really apprehensive. Has anyone had this done and is it as embarrassing as it sounds? Also did your husband go on the visit with you and was he in the exam room? Thanks for your responses.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 06:59 PM
Standing Pelvic Exam???

It is what it sounds like. My OBGYN did one and so did my Urogyn. DH was not with me (though he's seen me give birth twice so i'm not sure he would care). You can keep the paper over you while they do it and it only takes about 2 min. Basically you stand or squat and they ask you to cough and to push while he/she feels the prolapse. It's the best way they have to tell how advanced your prolapse is. Hang in there. None of this is pleasant but your urogyn is a professional and should be considerate of your feelings during the process.
Unread 01-09-2008, 07:13 PM
Standing Pelvic Exam???

Thank you for your reply, knowing what is going to happen ahead of time sometimes takes all the apprehension out of it.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 09:18 PM
Standing Pelvic Exam???

It's common for Gyns and Uro/Gyns to perform standing exams. It gives them a better idea of what the prolapses look like with gravity which is how you experience it when you are standing and going about your routine every day. I have had many such exams and DH was with me. I think it's great to take your spouse or SO with you to Dr's visits. It gives you another pair of ears. Thay may hear something you didn't or can remind you of what was said at the appointment when there's so much to remember.
Unread 01-09-2008, 09:51 PM
Standing Pelvic Exam???

I didn't have to stand. I guess my prolapses were pretty significant (Come to think of it, they could tell what the heck was going on if I was standing on my head LOL) BUT, I think if they do a standing one, it will help the docs get a better idea (Since some people have the issue only when standing?) I was asked to bear down alot during the exam. I know you heard it a million times but they are so used to it, it is nothing to them. I hate hearing that as to me it is a big deal. But the better /more info the doc has to treat you the better outcome.
Unread 01-10-2008, 07:47 AM
Standing Pelvic Exam???

Hi, I did it a few weeks ago. They said they were trying to get me to leak, it was embarrassing, they do a bunch of measurements and stuff. They were great with me, listened to everything I said, didn't rush me, I felt well taken care of.
I didn't have my husband with me, I don't like bringing him to my appts. He tends to distract. But everyone is different. If you feel supported and more secure with him going, by all means, have him go. Right now it should be all about how you feel and what makes you feel most comfortable.

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