For this examination, you will be asked to lie on the bed on your side. The doctor or CNS will slide a lubricated, gloved finger into your back passage or rectum to massage your prostate. Although this may feel a bit uncomfortable, it shouldn’t hurt.  It’s much better for you and the doctor if you can manage to relax during the examination, even if you feel a bit embarrassed.

The fluid or secretion freed from the prostate by the massage will flow down the urethra and out through the penis.  This fluid is collected and tested for any bacteria (germs) which may be causing an infection.

Prostate massage may also be used to release fluid and relieve pressure within the prostate to help with pain during prostatitis.