“You’re going to feel my finger inside you. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly.” I went through a time in my 30s when I was going to a colon hydrotherapist. She always did a digital exam with a gloved finger before she inserted the speculum. It felt like getting a suppository. Not the most lady-like of procedures, but I accepted it as necessary. That was easy compared to the speculum, which I really felt.