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Why Does the Doctor Have to Examine My Testicles?

Medically reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD

Why do doctors examine testicles during a physical exam?

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.

Medically reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD
Date reviewed: November 2020