An initial exam for an enlarged prostate usually consists of a patient history, a digital rectal exam, a neurological exam, and a urine test. Here's what you need to do to prepare for the exam.
- Step 1: Ask your doctor whether other tests will be required to confirm your diagnosis and if so, what preparations will be required. Give yourself credit for being proactive about your health.
- FACT: Although symptoms may be similar, having an enlarged prostate doesn't reduce or increase the risk of prostate cancer.
- Step 2: Expect a urine test. The test can rule out infection and other conditions as the source of your urinary problems. There is no special advance preparation required before the test.
- Step 3: Expect a brief neurological exam. This test helps identify other possible causes of your urinary problems. The test requires no advance preparation.
- Step 4: Expect to have a digital rectal exam. The test requires no advance preparation.
- TIP: During the test, you will be told to relax and to take a deep breath as the doctor inserts a gloved finger into your rectum.
- Step 5: Make a list of all health problems that you have and of the medications you are taking for them. Also note whether there is a history of prostate problems in your family.