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Why Does the Doctor Have to Examine My Testicles?

Why Does the Doctor Have to Examine My Testicles?

My mom says that my doctor will probably examine my testicles the next time I have a physical exam. Why?
Ben*

A testicular exam can make a guy feel a bit awkward or embarrassed, but just like checking a person's blood pressure, it's a normal part of a physical exam. The doctor checks the testicles and the area around them to make sure everything is healthy and that a guy doesn't have any problems, like a hernia.

Your doctor can teach you how to check your testicles yourself (called a testicular self-exam) so you can learn what's normal and what changes to be aware of that might need to be checked out, like lumps or swelling.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, BSN, RN, CAPA
Date reviewed: 2015-11-04