Male Genital Problems and Injuries - Prevention
The following prevention measures may help
you reduce your risk of problems in the genital area. If you find a lump,
growth, or other change in the genital area, check your symptoms to determine if and when you need to see your doctor.
You may want to do a
testicular self-exam once a month. The best time to do
the exam is after a warm bath or shower when the scrotal skin is
Male teens, young men, and men who have had
undescended testicles or a family history of
testicular cancer have an increased risk for
developing testicular cancer.
If you are concerned about an
undescended testicle in your baby, talk to your baby's doctor.
Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
take measures to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a
sexually transmitted infection (STI). You can also
reduce the risk of transmitting an STI to your sex partner. Know
high-risk behaviors and the
symptoms of STIs.
activity until you are prepared both physically and emotionally to have sex.
Nearly two-thirds of all STIs occur in people younger than 25 years old.
teenagers are at high risk for STIs because they
frequently have unprotected sex and have multiple partners. Biological changes
during the teen years also may increase the risk of getting an STI.
Practice safer sex
Preventing a sexually transmitted
infection (STI) is easier than treating an infection once it occurs.
- Talk with your partner about STIs before
beginning a sexual relationship. Find out if he or she is at risk for an STI.
Remember that it is quite possible to be infected with an STI without knowing
it. Some STIs, such as
HIV, can take up to 6 months before they can be
detected in the blood. Ask about the following:
- How many sex partners has your new
potential partner had?
high-risk behaviors does he or she
- Has he or she ever had an STI?
- Was it treated and
- If the STI is not curable, what is the best way to protect
- Be responsible and practice safer sex.
- Avoid sexual contact or activity if you
symptoms of an STI or are being treated for an
- Avoid sexual contact or activity with anyone who has symptoms
of an STI or who may have been exposed to an STI.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse to prevent any
exposure to STIs.
- Don't have more than one sex partner at a time.
Your risk of an STI increases if you have several sex partners at the same