The Testi Test: A Step-by-Step Guide to Testicle Self-Exam
It's that time of the month again. No, it isn't your hormonal cycle; it is time for your monthly shower self-exam. It’s time to check your testicles and make sure your cojones are in the clear. Popstar is back with tips on how to do a testicular self-exam.
Okay, Becky G! While you are in-between sets on your make-believe second farewell shower concert tour, take a beat to inspect your stones. I usually check somewhere in-between Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" and Celine's "My Heart Will Go On." Both of which are very vocally demanding and warrant some vocal rest.
Now I bet you're thinking, "Why are we doing this in the shower?" Well, you're already naked! That and the steam is great for relaxing your scrotum, making it easier to feel around.
If you have ever watched Grey's Anatomy, you know that having clean hands is important. You have to scrub in. While a self-exam is much easier than any procedure they pretend to perform on Grey's, clean hands are still a good idea. Lucky for you, you're already in the shower. Grab your favorite body wash or bar of soap and wash your hands before beginning your exam.
Now that your hands are nice and clean, you can get familiar with your family jewels. You’re going to want to check each testicle one at a time. If you have them, you know that balls must be handled carefully. Start by gently rolling one between your fingers. In addition to feeling your berries, make sure to check the epididymis, a structure on the back sides of your testes, and the spermatic cord, which is the structure above your testicle that allows it to hang in the scrotum. Next, you will want to look for several things: a sudden change in size or consistency, lumps, or any painful areas.
Finding a lump could mean a number of things, but it could also be testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men ages 15-34, though you can be diagnosed at any age. The great news is that the chances of beating testicular cancer are 99 percent in cases that are detected early.
It is great to test yourself regularly so you are able to detect when there is a change, should there be one. So become buddy-buddy with your balls and make sure you are checking on them like you would a good friend. After all, you shower daily, so you definitely have the time. A self-exam takes less than a lather, rinse, repeat, so make sure you add it to your shower routine. If you need a little reminder, set the alarm on your phone because your family jewels and your health are precious. If you notice a change, make sure to contact your doctor. Should there be a problem, catching it early will offer you the best prognosis.