I am a 30 year old female who has had some digestive tract issues in the past. At my last annual check up my new primary care doctor performed a rectal exam on me while I was bent over the exam table. Due to my history I have always had to endure a rectal exam at these appointments and have learned to live with it, however I have never been put in this position when being examined. Is this normal?
I understand this is fairly common for men, however until this I had always had a rectal exam performed while I was in the stir-ups. Does this position allow for a better or more thorough exam or is this just that doctor's preference or style.
Probably your current doctor's preference and his way of doing an intimate examination while your "personality" is turned away from him, discouraging pleasantries and questions - perhaps he has a surgeon's mentality and needs to treat you just as a piece of meat or he perhaps has a nervous tick when doing rectal examinations and he chose that position so you couldn't see him pulling faces or twitching at your rear end...
More common today for rectal examinations is for you to be asked to lay on your side in the foetal position with knees drawn well up (like squatting, but laid on your side) as this not only seems the most preserving of everyone's dignity and reduces patient stress, but also straightens the anal canal for better access with (possibly) less discomfort.