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Testicular Health: Self-Exams and Early Detection of Abnormalities

Testicular health is a crucial aspect of men’s overall well-being, but it’s often an overlooked topic in conversations about men’s health. Testicular self-exams are a powerful tool for early detection of abnormalities that could indicate potential health issues. In this article, we’ll delve into the significance of testicular health, the importance of self-exams, and how being proactive can make a substantial difference in preserving your well-being.

The Importance of Testicular Health

Testicles, or testes, are not only responsible for the production of testosterone, the male sex hormone, but also play a vital role in fertility. Keeping them healthy is essential for reproductive and overall health. Detecting any abnormalities early on can lead to timely medical intervention and better outcomes.

Performing Testicular Self-Exams

Regular self-exams are a fundamental aspect of maintaining testicular health. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Choose a Time: Set a specific time when you can perform the exam without interruptions. Some find it convenient to do it during or after a shower when the scrotal skin is relaxed.

Examine Each Testicle: Gently hold one testicle at a time between your thumb and fingers. Roll it gently between your fingers, feeling for any lumps, bumps, or changes in texture.

Check for Changes: Be attentive to any changes in size, shape, texture, or the presence of pain. Remember that it’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other.

Feel the Epididymis: The epididymis is a tubular structure located at the back of the testicle. This might feel like a small bump and is a normal part of the anatomy.

Repeat Monthly: Performing a self-exam once a month can help you become familiar with the normal texture and size of your testicles, making it easier to notice any changes.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Detecting abnormalities early through self-exams can significantly impact your health outcomes. Conditions like testicular cancer, while rare, can be highly treatable if caught in the early stages. If you notice any changes, such as lumps, swelling, pain, or discomfort, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional promptly.


Prioritising testicular health is a responsibility that every man should embrace. Self-exams serve as a simple yet powerful tool in early detection, ensuring that potential health concerns are addressed promptly. Remember that your well-being matters, and proactive efforts can make all the difference.

Dr. Michael Read: Your Health Partner

With over 30 years of experience as a GP, Dr. Michael Read understands the significance of men’s health. Whether you have questions about testicular health, vasectomy, circumicision, or need a comprehensive check-up, Dr. Read is here to support you. Take the initiative to safeguard your health by booking an appointment today. Call 07 5531 3205 or learn more about Dr. Read on our About page.

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