The Prostate Exam

What is the prostate? The prostate—a gland in men—plays an important role in the male reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine away from the bladder and out of the body (the urethra also carries semen, the fluid containing sperm, out of the body during ejaculation), and secretes…

Testicular Torsion

About Testicular Torsion For some males, a serious discussion about their private parts can be a little embarrassing. If you are a male, however, it is important that you know to tell a parent or a health care provider if you ever experience genital pain, especially in the scrotum or testes. Genital pain is usually…

Penile Fracture

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to fracture a penis. The penis is an assembly of tissue, not a bone. Penis fractures are a rare occurrence, but when they do happen, 95% of injuries occur during vaginal intercourse.1 A penile injury is not limited by sexual activity. A fracture can occur by blunt force trauma…

Epididymal Hypertension (Blue Balls)

What is Epididymal Hypertension? Epididymal hypertension, or "blue balls" refers to testicular aching that occurs when the blood in the male’s genitals is retained after prolonged sexual arousal and is not dissipated by an orgasm.   What Causes Epididymal Hypertension? When a man becomes sexually aroused, the arteries that carry blood to his genitals enlarge, while…

Male Genital Self-Exam

The major regions of the male genitalia include the penis, scrotum, and urethra. A genital self-examination consists of physically and visually investigating for abnormalities. Maintenance of sexual health includes regular self-examination of the external genitalia. Individuals should perform self-examinations as often as possible to identify abnormal masses and avoid complications that may arise from conditions…

Hypospadias (Abnormal Urethral Opening)

Hypospadias Hypospadias is a birth defect in boys in which the opening of the urethra is not located at the tip of the penis1. This irregular opening can form anywhere from just below the end of the penis (on the shaft), to the scrotum. This is a relatively common condition that occurs in approximately one…