Amazing how a different pediatrician does Physical exams
I moved from Ohio to Massachussets, and in Ohio, I had a pediatrician in a busy office building.The office was in a big office building, where it housed several different businesses in an urban area.
The pediatrician was male. I had physicals from him from 8 to 13 years old. Every time it was same, and he just made me strip down to my briefs, and gave me a gown. For the genital exam, he just had me pull the gown up, and pulled the briefs down to my mid thigh, where he just did a hernia check, and testicle exam. I was uncircumcised, but he just asked me if I had any problems with my foreskin, and then told me to pull the underwear back up. During the genital exam, I just pulled the gown up, so I wasn't naked. My mom only came in twice for years 8 and 9.
When I moved to Massachussets when I was 14, my mom picked a lady pediatrician. I remember the first incident clearly, as it was shocking to me. We went there about a week after we moved since I started getting allergies and complained about itchy eyes and runny nose. Several things were unique. The office was in her house. From the outside, it looked like a house, and it was located in a relatively nice neighborhood. Outside, there was a small sign on the door stating that it was indeed a pediatrician's office. The living room was the waiting room, and had several toys just lying around. After checking in with the receptionist, we waited. The house had the old 1900 styling to it, and the old female pediatrician (looked like 70) greeted us and told us to come in.
I was ecorted with my mom to a room, and it was a larger room. There was a large wooden desk and bookshelf, and few chairs alonsg the wall. It looked like a consultation room, but there was also a green exam table along the wall. The female pediatrician asked what was wrong, and I told her about my allergies. She checked my eyes and nose, and then slid the stethoscope under my t shirt and had me breathe in and out.
She then said that it is probably seasonal allergies and that she will write me a prescription.
I was surprised when she turned to my mom, and said that since I am a new patient, she needs to perform a physical exam, and then turned to me and told me to take off all of my clothes, including my underwear.
I took of my shirt, and then asked my mom if she could leave the room. She just said OK, and left. I stripped down to my briefs and sat on the table, but then she told me to take off my briefs also.
She did the exam with me completely naked from start to finish. She put on gloves, and told me that she is going to check my genitals. The genital exam was more through. She first checked the sparse pubic hair, and did the hernia and testicle check for lumps, and told me how to do it as she rolled it around.
She then took my penis and pulled the foreskin back, and pulled the hole open. I remember her checking the foreskin several times, and then went to her desk and brought what looked like a bead. I found out later that it was called tanner balls. She compared the testicle size to the bead, and took the gloves off. She then made me to duck walks, and then had me stand in front of her and bend foward like a diver, and I felt her tracing my spine with her fingers.
What was shocking to me was that she then put another pair of gloves on, and told me to stand facing the exam table, and put my chest on the table. I did so, and she told me to part my legs a bit. I heard of rectal exam and I was very nervous, but she only parted my cheeks, and I only felt her pushing on the outside of the anus for couple of seconds, before telling me that I could get dressed.
So I was surprised that a pediatrician can differ a lot in terms of physical exam procedures with age and gender.
I forgot to mention, I was surprised that my friend at the time who also had the same pediatrician, said that he had to strip completely from the start. His female classmate was in the waiting room when he came out of his physical. Apparently this girl had a brother, and knew that the guys were stripped naked from the start of the exam. He said that he was embarrassed when she asked him if he passed the "naked exercise."