Male genital exams are necessary especially if one is experiencing signs of STD. A lot of men are uneasy when it comes to undergoing genital exams because they can be quite painful and physically uncomfortable. Nevertheless, it is important to go through with the examination in order for doctors to understand the symptoms and prescribe the right treatment.
The process of conducting a male genital exam involves the following:
-The doctor will ask the patient to take off his clothing from the waist down. He will be given a gown or sheet to wear during the examination. The doctor checks the genitals for skin abnormalities, the symmetry of the testicles and odd discharges from the penis.
-Depending on the results of the preliminary male genital exam, the doctor may conduct additional tests. He may take sample fluids from the urethra for STD symptoms by inserting a small swab. The doctor will advise the patient that the insertion will cause a stinging sensation and the patient may experience soreness when he urinates in the next few days. The doctor may also examine the groin area for any symptoms of hernia.
-Usually, a doctor conducts a rectal examination. He will insert one or two of his gloved, lubricated fingers inside the patient’s anus and search for any abnormalities. The prostate glands can also be examined for unusual enlargement and abnormal bumps.
The doctor can tell a patient his impressions right after the examination. However, tissue and fluid samples have to be taken to the laboratory for testing. This will help determine is there is anything wrong with the genitals.
Male genital exam for teenage boys requires careful handling. Examining a teenage boy should be done as carefully as conducting one for a teenage girl. It’s only natural for them to feel a lot of discomfort at first. To make the patient more at ease, the doctor should examine non-genital parts first before checking the sensitive parts. The doctor should reassure the patient that the examination is routine and is performed for all teenage boys. He should not appear in any way threatening to the patient. Telling the patient that he is normal can help him feel better during the process.
Aside from the standard checks, the doctor will also be on the lookout for lesions, scratches, bites, bruises and bugs. Once the doctor sees something moving or crawling in the genitals, he will treat the problem immediately.
A male genital exam can spot problems such as STD and hernia. But doctors are also looking for signs of testicular cancer, which affects every 1 in 10,000 older adolescent patients. Testicular cancer is treatable if detected early.
In order to maintain good genital health, males must have themselves tested regularly and conduct self-examinations to detect any signs of disease and abnormalities. Self-examination of the genitals can be done while in the shower. They can use soap and water to know the natural contours of the penis and the testicle so they will know immediately of there are any suspicious bumps or roughness.