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Discussion in 'The Healthy Penis' started by Avy Avy, Apr 14, 2009.
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That's a good point, but most boys have a hernia check and a medical at school around age 11-12 in the UK. I would think that a buried penis is something that could be eyeballed and referred for further management, but still wouldn't require a doctor or nurse to measure a young chaps old chap, so to speak.
the doctor should measure NO males!!! really i've never understood the notion to measure your own penis. i've never measured my penis because i don't care about my dimensions, i only care to know if that woman was satisfied when i was finished. who cares what average is and who cares what big or smaill is. just be happy with the size that you are and deal with it because you can't change it.
Yes, it should be integral to a physical exam not only to detect a problem but to medically document growth as is the case with the other body parts. If a natural part of the program, then maybe there would be a different regard for the body - big or small. My dad was a physician with lots of doc friends. He accompanied me for my exams from early childhood through young adulthood. Nudity was the norm at home on most occasions so nudity at the doctor's office surely did not deter the doctor nor me. I had experiences at home with unexpected boners and lived through it and even saw dad sport one or two in the morning or in th ehome gym or pool. Measuring was part of the process and was helpful and educational. My issue would have been less one about under size than oversize at an earlier age than my friends. Such growth, I learned was nothing to be embarrassed about nor ashamed of since it followed familial patterns. A different issue however has occurred with regard to my foreskin. I am actually circumcized but when flaccid, the cock may seem uncircumsized. It has resulted in discussions with the doc and at naturist events/parties. KNowing that daad's cock had a bit more than usual skin helped my acceptance and I witnessed his need for the extra skin when erect. Made sense to me given the full picture with no need for concern. That too was progressivbely measured. So, I guess I have gone on too long. Hoope it helped some..............firstname.lastname@example.org
Ah, of course, I was forgetting the biannual pinkie measurements that every child gets already. Seriously, which body parts do you think we measure on a regular basis?
We had hernia checks as well yet still nothing was noted. The problem is that boys are so variable during puberty. I started early and became my full size at about 13 yet I had friends my same age who didn't start puberty until 17. There is no way for a doctor to be certain where a boy is in puberty without using an orchidometer to measure testicular volume as that's the only reliable way to measure pubertal development, yet very few pediatricians even have one.
Rather than measure the penis, I'd suggest a doctor ask the boy to press down on his fat pad, measure the testicular volume, and then palpate the area. There is no need to measure penis size (to my admittedly unprofessional knowledge). Mine certainly wasn't. Flaccid erect length stretching can be observed, if necessary, by asking the patient just to pull it forward.
There is a difference between medical and prurient interests yet there is no reason we should neglect the sexual health of males. Genital examinations should be regular in males of all ages as they are with women. Heaven knows men have plenty of possible problems, some serious even when young. I've run into a few young men here who are still in their teens but have numbness in their penis, inability to maintain erection, lesions on the penis, phimosis, chordee, tight frenulums, etc. etc. Just look through the content of this sub-forum! Most of these men would rather check the internet because of their uncertainty and embarassment yet I don't know a woman who wouldn't immediately schedule an appointment with a gynecologist with analagous problems. I think the reason for this is because doctors, at least here in the US, are terribly circumspect about examining male genitalia. Look on YouTube and you can find a number of videos about giving a thorough, complete physical on an adult male and the whole process runs about half an hour. How do you do that if you see 35 patients a day? I haven't dropped my pants for a GP except for a cyst on my butt in over 20 years! I think that's a bad reflection on the medical profession as a whole because it says that male genital health takes a backseat to female genital health and that's reflected in our society. A few simple tests and questions are all a doctor needs to know that a male's genitals are functioning as they should be.
Every time I go for a physical (once a year), my doctor does a complete exam of my whole body, including looking for any evidence of skin cancer, he does an exam of my dick and balls, does a prostate exam(because cancer is so rampant in my family, the dr. said he was going to start doing those checks at age 35), and does a colon cancer check, too. This is all in addition to the regular things, like checking blood pressure, checking in my eyes, ears, nose, mouth, listening to lungs, etc.
If your doctor isn't doing all the checks you think he should be doing, it's time to find another one. It is one thing if you just go in because you have a sinus infection, or are in for a blood pressure check, but for a complete physical, the exam needs to be, well....complete!