After experiencing the discomfort and embarrassment of a prostate test by the National Health Service, a bloke decided to have this next test carried out while visiting friends in Thailand, where the beautiful nurses are allegedly much more gentle and accommodating.
As he lay naked on his side on the table and the nurse began the examination.
"Don't worry, at this stage of the procedure it's quite normal to get an erection" said the nurse.
"I haven't got an erection" said the man.
"No, but I have" replied the nurse.
Seriously, what if you become aroused?
It is important to note that it is not uncommon to become aroused during a prostate exam. Regardless of your sexuality or your doctor’s gender, stimulation of the prostate can lead to erection. Unfortunately, many men get embarrassed or ashamed about this natural reaction, but the truth is that stimulation of the prostate can cause feelings of arousal whether or not the man is in the mood. In fact, during oral sex many men enjoy having their prostate stimulated and some even do so during masturbation, so it is no wonder that a prostate exam can sometimes lead to an erection or feelings of arousal.
If this occurs, try not to get upset and instead focus on staying relaxed. Your doctor has likely had a number of other patients who have experienced this exact same reaction, so don’t feel embarrassed. It’s an important test that can help your doctor catch early warning signs, so a few moments of awkwardness and discomfort are certainly worth it.
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