February 27, 2023
What is a testicular self-examination and why should you do it?
A testicular self-exam is a way to check and inspect your testicles for any abnormalities. By doing so you give yourself awareness of your body and this can help you to detect any large or subtle changes. Changes can be a cyst, infection and possibly even testicular cancer.
When should you start?
You can start self-examining as a teenager. You should aim to self-exam once a month, remember it only takes a couple of minutes! It is best to check after you have had a warm shower as then the scrotal skin is more relaxed, so you can feel your testicles more easily.
How to do it?
- Stand in front of a mirror, unclothed
- Make sure you are standing
- Look for swelling.
- Feel the scrotal sac gently to find a testicle
- Check each testicle individually.
- Firmly role the testicle between the thumb and fingers of both hands and make sure that you feel the whole surface.
- Remember that it is normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other.
If you notice any small or hard lump, swelling, pain, soreness or feel any changes then contact your doctor.
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