Penis Exam by You: Regular Check for Common Health Issues
Doctors recomment that all men carry out a self penis exam at least once a month to eliminate the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases and other potentially life changing illnesses, such as cancer. The easiest way to carry out a penis and genital self-examination is in front of a mirror. Immediately after a shower or bath is the best time for this, as the warmth will enhance any skin discolorations.
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How to Perform a Penis Exam
In order to carry out a penis test and genital self-examination, follow these steps:
- Inspect the Skin. First, inspect your penis, testicles and inner thighs by looking over each area in detail. Take your time and look for any skin abnormalities, such as sores, ulcers, or other blemishes. If you notice anything unusual, make a note of the location and the type of skin condition so that you can notify your doctor.
- Inspect the Groin. Next, gently press around your groin area using your index and forefinger . Take note of any pain that you may be feeling. Then use all of your fingers to gently feel for any lumps. This can be done by moving your fingers in a circular motion over the area. You are feeling for any lumps that are bigger than a grain of rice and are hard to the touch. Bumps or swelling may indicate an infection.
- Inspect the penis. Once you have finished examining your groin, move on to your penis. Do this by placing your thumb behind the shaft of your penis and your forefinger at the front. Make sure your hand is at the base of your penis and to the left of the shaft. Apply gentle pressure and slowly move your hand up the shaft of your penis. When you reach the top, slide your hand down the base and move it slightly to the right of your last hand action. Continue this process until you have completely tested the surface of your penis, noting any lumps or painful areas.
- Inspect the Testicles. Finally, check your testicles. Take one testicle in both hands and gently place your thumbs on the top. Using slight pressure, roll your hands down the testicle. Once complete, repeat the process for the second testicle, and make a note of any swelling or bumps. Of course, it is normal to have one testicle that is larger than the other, and for you to feel the epididymis, which is a sperm carrying tube that is located at the top and back of each testicle. This tube should feel soft and rope-like, and slightly tender when touched.