Thanks for your question. Testicles sit in the scrotum to help them maintain a healthy temperature that is cooler than the rest of the body. This is why they are generally closer to the body in colder weather and farther away in warmer weather. Some people have “retractile testes.” This means the testicles retract (draw back) into the body along the inguinal canal. To help determine if this is normal or concerning, a health care provider can do a physical exam. The exam may include assessing your “cremasteric reflex” in which they may gently, and briefly rub your inner thigh with a gloved hand to see if it causes your testicles to retract.
- Testicular Self-Exam
- I’m a 17 year old, and I just had a doctor’s appointment where my doctor did a physical exam and did a testicle exam. Do doctors make you masturbate in front of them or do something similar?
- I have a big vein on the back of my testicles. I’ve read that I should see my health care provider, but I’ve had it since I was about 13 with no pain at all. What do I do? Do I need to see a doctor?
- Hello, one of my testicles is smaller than the other one and it seems like it’s not growing any more. What could be the problem?
- I’m 14 and all my friends’ penises have grown, even those 1-2 years younger than me (as teenagers the conversation often drifts there). My testicles haven’t grown yet, and my penis is still skinny. Is there hope or do I need to accept my size? Help.
- My one right testicle is very small and right one is very big, and it also causes pain in the left part of my stomach. What I should do?