I'm an adolescent guy about to get a physical exam. Any ideas what the doctors do at physicals for guys my age? Do they examine ur privates? ur butt?
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I'm not a guy, so I can't really give an expert opinion on this. They shouldn't be examining your butt, unless you ask them too (haha, I'm kidding, that's not funny that's a law suit waiting to happen). I'd imagine that they would examine your genitals in some way (since, as a girl they make you lay down so they can feel your ovaries and such), it just seems like they would do the equivelant for a male.
Guys, can you give us a personal experience here?
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I have had no personal experience with this, however, my boyfriend has told that whenever he's had physicals for baseball, the doctor felt his testicles. I don't know if it's standard procedure but it seemed like it from what he said.
You could try calling the doctor's office and asking them about their physical exam procedures.
They will check your genitals, yes. You almost certainly won't be getting a prostate exam, though (if that's what you meant by "butt"). Basically, you turn your head, cough, turn the other way, cough, blah blah blah.
What they're checking for are both a hernia and any signs of possible testicular cancer. Speaking of which, you (and every male) really should be performing a testicular self examination on a regular basis.
The sooner you can detect any signs of cancer, the better. It's especially critical for anyone who had an undescended testicle or a family history of testicular cancer.
The rest of the physical will be standard stuff. Listen to your heart, listen to your breathing, check for scoliosis, etc. They may want a urine sample (relatively likely), they may want a blood sample (less likely).
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