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In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Why Do Doctors Perform Testicular Exams?

Why Do Doctors Perform Testicular Exams?

My son just had a physical exam, and the doctor examined his testicles. Why is this done?
- Phyllis

Testicular exams can make any guy feel a bit awkward or embarrassed, but just like a blood pressure check, they're a normal part of a physical examination.

Doctors check the testicles and the area around them to make sure everything is healthy and developing normally and that there are no problems, such as a hernia, a varicocele, or, in rare cases, a tumor. Teen guys should also learn how to perform testicular self-examinations so they can learn what is normal and what changes might signal a problem.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: May 2015