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Why Do I Get an Erection During My Testicular Exam?

Why Do I Get an Erection During My Testicular Exam?

Every time the doctor examines my testicles I get an erection. I have a male doctor, so why is this happening?
- Rick*

Sometimes guys get erections during testicular exams. It's a normal reaction and it happens a lot. It doesn't matter whether the doctor is female or male.

Getting an erection during a testicular exam is a natural, physical response. It's not something you can control, and it doesn't mean anything.

Because it happens so often, doctors are used to it. If you get an erection during a physical exam, it won't upset or bother the doctor, so there's no need to feel embarrassed.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: August 2013

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.