My son just had a physical exam, and the doctor examined his testicles. Why is this done?
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
|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|Hernia Resource Center This site has information about hernias and hernia repair surgery.|
|A to Z: Scrotal Pain, Acute A variety of things can cause pain in the scrotum (also called scrotal pain), the pouch-like structure at the base of a boy's penis.|
|A to Z: Varicocele (Scrotal Varices) A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins in the scrotum.|
|Hernias Hernias are fairly common in kids and hernia repair is the one of the most common surgeries performed on children.|
|Testicular Torsion This emergency condition causes extreme genital pain and usually requires surgery to save a boy's testicle. If your son has groin pain, get him to a doctor right away.|
|Undescended Testicles Shortly before birth, a boy's testicles usually descend through the inguinal canal into the scrotum. When a testicle doesn't make the move, this is called cryptorchidism.|
|Male Reproductive System Understanding the male reproductive system, what it does, and problems that can affect it can help you better understand your son's reproductive health.|
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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