Penile Examination

Embarrassment is a natural feeling when a man is told he needs a Penile Examination. However, this should not be a hindrance from making the exam possible. Every male should know that regular penile exams are very important to maintain a problem-free penile health.


In a general penile examination, the physician first notes if the patient is circumcised or not. He checks the organ for lumps and scars in the inguinal region. It is done to know if there is a penile or scrotal defect. The penis is then examined for presence of bite marks, sexually transmitted disease (STD) lesions, lacerations, edema, hematoma, abrasions or dried secretions. The doctor will then observe the size of the testicle and phallus development. The urethral meatus and scrotum will also be examined for scars, erythema, discharge, bleeding, ecchymoses, STD lesions, bite marks, or abrasions.


If you don’t go on a regular penile examination and you see abnormal scar tissues or plaques in your penis, immediately visit your doctor. You may be having serious penile problems or STD that requires medical attention as soon as possible. A lot of males with penile problems refuse to go the doctor because they are ashamed and afraid they will be judged. They should understand that medical practitioners are professionals who only aim to make their patients better. The earlier the patient goes to his doctor, the greater his chances of getting treated are.


Having erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the common male problems especially of older men. The urologist will ask about the man’s sexual history and conduct a physical penile examination. The doctor will check the penis and testicles, with the focus on the size and presence or absence of the testes. He will then order blood tests to determine luteinizing hormone, testosterone, prolactin, and thyroid hormone levels.


The penile examination for ED will also look at the quality of scrotal sac and if there is an absence or presence of a varicocele, which is the scattering of veins on the left side that can greatly affect the size of the testicles. A successful treatment of ED helps enhance sexual relationship and satisfaction, improve the overall quality of life, and minimize the symptoms of depression.


Peyronie’s disease is also a common problem among men, which can cause dreadful pain during erection. The penis becomes distorted and curved when it is erect, resulting in difficult sexual intercourse. The scar tissues of Peyronie’s disease usually form under the skin or on either the upper or lower side of the organ. When the penis becomes erect, the scar tissue pulls the affected area off at an angle and rises to the curved penis.


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