Everyone jokes about the “turn your head and cough,” but a penis examination is actually pretty serious business. Let’s talk about both kinds of penis examinations: the one conducted annually by a man’s doctor and the monthly self-exam. These exams have been shown to save men’s lives time and time again.

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Paying a Professional for Penis Examination

Men should get annual exams. Unless they have a history of issues with the reproductive organs, most men can have their exam done by their regular doctor. There are four parts to the penis examination that involve more than just the shaft. Here’s what a man can expect when he drops his pants at the doctor’s office:

  1. Penis Examination – The doctor will inspect the penis for any odd bumps, bruising, or rash. He may inspect the foreskin if the man is uncircumcised to check for smegma overproduction or balanitis. The doctor will also inspect the penis for STIs, specifically warts or ulcers.
  2. Testicular Examination – The doctor will check the testicles for lumps, change in size, or unusual tenderness or sensitivity.
  3. Hernia Examination – This is the famous “turn your head and cough” mentioned above. This is where a doctor checks for any weakness in the abdominal wall located between the scrotum and the intestines.
  4. Prostate Examination – See the latex gloves coming out? Assume the bent over position because it’s time for the doc to insert a finger into the rectum to check the prostate, specifically looking for it’s size and anything suspicious.

This very thorough examination should be performed annually and is a cornerstone of penis health and overall health. For example, men diagnosed in Stage One for testicular cancer, the survival rate is 99 percent. Prostate cancer, the most common cancer for men after skin cancer, boasts a nearly 100 percent survival rate. See why it’s so important to get an annual penis examination from a pro?

DIY for Penis Health

In additional to their annual exam, men should also conduct a penis self-exam at least once per month. Not sure how to do it? We’ve got the simple how-to right here!

How to Perform a Monthly Penis Self-Exam

Giving yourself a penis examination is easy! It’s a quick four steps for piece of mind and optimal penis health each month that no man should skip. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Relax with a warm shower. Not only does this set a chill mood;  it also relaxes the muscles and rinses away anything on the penis that doesn’t need to be there, like dead skin, lint, or other junk on your junk.
  2. Start the exam by inspecting the scrotum. Be on the look-out for any changes like skin texture or color.
  3. Now lightly roll the testicles between the thumb and forefinger. Feel around for bumps or lumpiness. Also, be mindful of any areas that are more sensitive than usual. Note: Don’t be worried if there’s a small bump at the back of the sack. That’s the epididymis – it’s supposed to be there. If for any reason it’s painful, then tell a doc.
  4. Last step! Look over the penis itself for lumps, blisters, bumps, sores, or discolorations. Do a once-over of the groin and inner things too! Normal wear-and-tear is okay, but rashes, lumps, or pain is something that a man should inform his doctor about soon.

Just to reiterate, if anything feels lumpy or unduly sensitive, see a doctor ASAP and get checked. Refrain from sexual contact or contact sports until the doctor okay’s it. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Other Ways to Promote Optimum Penis Health      

Penis health is not all examinations! Daily care and well-being contribute to overall wellness and a healthy, strong, vigorous penis. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, exercise every day, and have a stress management plan that’s enjoyable. Be sure to practice safe sex to avoid STIs and penile injuries.

Having a proper hygiene protocol also keeps irritation and infections away and keeps the penis is working order so it too can get regular workout (nudge, nudge – wink, wink). Use a mild cleanser and warm water to wash the penis. It’s important to wash daily, after exercise, and after any sexual activities to keep the penis clean and bacteria free. After cleansing, moisturize with a specially formulated penis health crème  (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin). This unique formulation of vitamins and nutrients wrapped up in Shea butter and vitamin E will not only soften the penis but protect it from damage and infection, boost blood flow for strong erections, and make skin strong. It’s the perfect way to achieve the highest level of penis health.