Penis Health Matters: What to Expect at a Sex Clinic Exam
Men who are sexually active (especially with multiple partners) need to be sure they are not affected by any sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) or anything else that could harm their sexual or penis health (both for their own sake and for the sake of their partners). Often a man will go to his general practitioner or his urologist to have his sexual health assessed. Sometimes, however, a man may opt to use a sexual health clinic instead.
There may be numerous reasons why a person would choose a sexual health clinic for an examination, rather than go to their own doctor. For example, they may feel shy or embarrassed about letting their long-time doctor know about their intimate practices. Their doctor may not provide adequate testing. They may have financial issues which make a clinic visit more appealing (depending upon the center’s rates). Or perhaps the clinic is more convenient or processes the tests more quickly than a man’s regular doctor’s office.
But what can a guy expect when he visits a sexual health clinic? This can vary from one clinic to another, but the following are typical of a clinic visit:
Expect to fill out forms, especially if this is the first visit. These will usually include a medical history form so doctors can know of any issues that could affect the test results or recommended treatments. Usually a clinic will also ask about drug and alcohol use; this is necessary because it can be related to STI risk.
Clinics should respect a patient’s confidentiality, as does any doctor; however, many sexual health centers go a step further. While they typically do need to record a patient’s name, address, etc. in their records, they often assign a patient a number during that visit. The patient will be referred to by the number, rather than by his name, so that he has greater confidentiality and may feel freer to offer up uncensored information about his sexual status.
The real point of going to a sexual health clinic is to find out if a person has any sexual health issues – so exams are a big part of the visit. Because of the nature of STIs, examinations will usually need to include some inspection of the penis and/or testicles and/or anus. In most cases, the doctor will need to touch these body parts and may also need to take samples of some sort. For example, if there are sores, the doctor may need to swab the sore. Sometimes the urethra and/or the anus must be swabbed in order to check for gonorrhea or chlamydia. (Throat swabs may also be necessary.) A patient may refuse to have certain parts touched or swabbed; however, doing so may prevent the doctor from making an accurate assessment of the patient’s sexual health.
Samples may be sent to an outside lab if the center does not have the ability to properly process them onsite.
Most sexual health centers are able to offer treatments based on diagnoses made by the physicians. The specific treatments will depend upon each patient’s diagnoses.
It is absolutely crucial that non-monogamous sexually active men have regular check-ups to determine if they are “clean” sexually. It’s also beneficial to regularly use a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Such crèmes do not prevent or treat STIs, but they help keep the manhood in better general health. Definitely look for a crème that contains vitamins D; this “miracle vitamin” has proven benefits in fighting diseases and supporting healthy cellular function. The best crèmes also include vitamin B5, otherwise known as pantothenic acid. Vitamin B5 is one of several vital nutrients required for better cell metabolism and the subsequent maintenance of healthy penile tissue.