When a guy has a healthy penis, the world is his oyster; but when he has a problem with his favorite body part, things can look a little different. Obviously, if a man really wants to maintain good penis health, he needs to consult with a doctor; but knowing what to say in this potentially embarrassing situation can be a little tricky at times.
Men and doctors
It’s not a secret that men are not fond of going to see a physician. According to one study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are about 80% less likely to see a doctor than are women. Not only that, about half of men under the age of 50 don’t have a regular doctor, and a third don’t have regular annual checkups.
Apparently, guys have an innate resistance to seeing their doctors; and that’s something that needs to stop. If a man only goes in for treatment when there’s a problem, that means he’s letting preventable little issues go undetected, so that they have a chance to fester and grow into big problems.
What to bring up
One of the reasons that men don’t go to the doctor more often is that they’re not really sure what to talk about, especially where the penis is concerned. In most cases, it’s usually best to let the doctor ask his questions first (unless a man is at the doctor for a specific reason). If a guy is there for an annual exam, the doctor will be checking things out and is likely to ask questions as he goes along. “And how are things with your sex life?” he may ask, or “Do you have any concerns about your penis and testicles?” If he asks specific questions, answer them. If a man feels that there’s something that he needs to share that hasn’t specifically been asked, then he needs to volunteer that information.
A man who experiences any of the following should bring them up with his doctor if the doctor doesn’t ask about them first; they may not indicate any serious problems, but it’s good for the doctor to know about them.
– Pain in the penis. Whether chronic or acute, it’s good to report pain and to describe it: the level of pain, how long it lasts, when and how often it occurs, any possible causes, etc.
– Sores, discolorations, etc. Any changes in the physical appearance of the penis should be mentioned, including warts, sores, lesions, pimples, lumps, rashes, etc.
– Discharges. This includes changes in the color of urine or semen, especially if the change results in reddish or pinkish discharge, which may indicate blood. Also alert the doctor to any other discharges, such as pus, etc. If involuntary urination is an issue, the physician needs to know about this, as well.
– Odor. Let’s face it, the penile area tends to have a bit of a pungent odor. But if the odor is excessively strong or seems to be “off” in some way, let the doc know.
– Functional issues. Discuss anything that may seem off-kilter, including frequent urination, pain while urinating, etc. It’s also a good idea to discuss sexual function, including any erectile issues that may be present. Sometimes erectile issues can be an early warning signal that there may be cardiac issues developing, so it’s crucial that a man not let embarrassment prevent him from acknowledging any issues in this area.
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