Why Do Doctors Perform Testicular Exams?

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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



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OrganizationAmerican 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.
Web SiteHernia Resource Center This site has information about hernias and hernia repair surgery.


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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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