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Undressing For A Medical Exam

A trivial question, yet I am curious. I've seen more specialists in the past two months than I've seen in my whole lifetime. Today, I saw a vascular surgeon. She was the first female doctor I had ever seen.

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I had on sweats (the only thing I could get on over my swollen legs). The nurse told me I could leave my top on. She said to remove my sweat pants, shoes and socks. I was to leave my underwear on. She gave me a pair of shorts to wear. They were made of a material that reminded me of Tyvek.

I'm wondering if these shorts are something new? Was I given them because the doctor was female and I am male? When my GP has me strip to my underwear, he doesn't give me shorts to wear. Had I been a woman seeing this female doctor for the same exam, would I have been given the shorts to wear? When a woman sees a male doctor and needs to strip to her panties, is she given shorts to wear?

Maybe it's just a new hygiene thingy?

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

I have never been given underwear like that. I would call back and ask the staff why.

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I think it is probably just something they have placed into their practice to make customers feel more comfortable and to protect the professionalism of the doctors and staff.

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To illustrate, I will tell this story:

Once, a long time ago, I was at the doctors and I was told to take my shirt off and pants. For some reason they had forgotten to give me a robe. So I left my slip on and my bra.

When the doctor came in and saw me, sitting there like that, with a slip and a bra only, and no examination gown, he ran out of the room like a bat out of, well you know, and had the nurse bring a gown for me.

I think it is a matter of looking more like a patient, instead of someone sitting in the room just in their underwear.

The visual of a woman in her underwear alone and no robe, could be construed to be something it wasn't, and accusations could arise.

So I would not think it was anything unusual except for making the patient more comfortable.

Blessings,

Robyn

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks, Robyn

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March 25, 20191 found this helpful

yes this is new normal. if the doctor needs to look at your legs.

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they want to see you walking. they cant do that with a drape.

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