What does a DRE involve?
You might have a DRE at your GP surgery or at the hospital.
The doctor or nurse will ask you to lie on your side on an examination table, with your knees brought up towards your chest. They will slide a finger gently into your back passage. They’ll wear gloves and put some gel on their finger to make it more comfortable.
You may find the DRE slightly uncomfortable or embarrassing, but the test isn’t usually painful and it doesn’t take long.
“When I had the DRE I thought, ‘For a few seconds of discomfort, I can live with it’. Yeah it’s uncomfortable, but it could save your life."