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(NSFW) Is it normal for a female doctor not to do a testicular exam during a physical?

Asked by rockfan (8677points) December 12th, 2017 from iPhone

Just recently had my first physical in a long time, and was surprised that my new primary doctor didn’t peform a testicular exam or a urinalysis. I usually perform a testicular exam myself once every other month, but I was hoping to have some reassurance from a doctor.

I’ve heard that young female doctors nowadays skip the testicular exam because they’re afraid of being accused of “inappropriate touching”. Do you think this claim has any validity?

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Question for @rarebear

filmfann's avatar

My most thorough testicular exam was done by a female doctor.
Honestly, if a male doctor did as much as she did, I would have been upset.

rockfan's avatar

What qualifies as thorough?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

No. I had a prostate exam from a female doctor. It was ok.

Demosthenes's avatar

I’ve never heard that claim. I mean, there are male gynecologists, but also plenty of women who wouldn’t want to be examined by one. So I can understand not wanting it done by a female doctor, but I’ve never heard of them avoiding it for that specific reason.

When I had a chance to change to a male doctor, I opted to just stick with the doctor I had, even though I knew she’d be examining me “down there”. When it comes to doctors, I really don’t care what their gender is as long as they’re good.

CWOTUS's avatar

If you’re relatively young and you don’t present any obvious issues – or mention any concerns – and appear visually normal, then there may be no palpation indicated. I do not believe “concern for inappropriate touching” would be a valid caution for a physician to take.

On the other hand, if this was your first physical “in a long time” (which isn’t specified), then it might have been worth mentioning that you expected that exam. But really, if you’re self-examining anyway, what would you expect her to find?

seawulf575's avatar

I’m not sure that they really do testicular exams any more, unless there is some reason. They used to do it for checking on hernias, but I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the last one I got. I’m not sure it has anything to do with a woman doctor, since my doctor is a man.

johnpowell's avatar

My junk has had tons of problems. Two fatty growths a half inch from the penis that had to be removed. Both removed by ladies. Two bouts of epididymis. First time female doctor (prostate was checked). Second time was a guy.. But I was sent to get the balls wanded by a female. Pulled groin when I was fifteen in a small town in Utah. Only doctor was a female and she gave my downstairs a solid once-over.

So the ladies are cool poking around. They are professionals after all.

You mention a new doctor… This is probably a decision made by the insurance company of what a general exam covers.

zenvelo's avatar

I have regular check ups, and I have never had a testicular check since I first started puberty.

My female GP did do a hernia check last spring when I had a thorough physical.

rojo's avatar

The last time I was examined by a female dr. she included it as part of the exam but that was over 15 years ago. Since then all my docs have been male.

Rarebear's avatar

Routine testicular exams are not recommended by the USPSTF and are discouraged.

https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/testicular-cancer-screening

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