How to check your testicles?

The testicles are 2 solid balls behind the penis in a pouch of skin, the scrotum. Testicles are where semen is stored. Semen is the liquid that comes from your penis when you have sex or masturbate.

A Common cancer for men aged 15 to 45 is cancer of the testicles. You should check your testicles for lumps and swellings regularly.

All men’s testicles are different. It is good to check and know what is normal for you.

It is best to check your testicles when you are warm and standing up, ideally in a warm bath or shower with soapy hands.

5 Tips for Checking

Tips on self-checking:

  • Know what is normal for you.
  • Cup your hand under the testicles to feel how heavy they are.
  • Then carefully check for any lumps or changes in size.
  • Roll each testicle between your finger and thumb.
  • They should be almost the same size and weight.

What to look for:

  • you find a lump
  • there is a swelling
  • one testicle is a lot bigger than the other
  • there is an ache or they feel more heavy than usual
  • there is a pain when you touch them.

If you notice any of the above, you must go to your doctor immediately.

It’s normal to feel shy or embarrassed, but the doctors will talk you through your concerns. You can ask to see a male doctor if you would prefer.


In conclusion, checking your testicles regularly is an important step in maintaining good testicular health. It is normal for all men’s testicles to look different, and it’s important to know what is normal for you. By following the tips provided on self-checking, you can identify any changes or lumps that may indicate a serious issue, such as testicular cancer. Remember, finding cancer early gives you the best chance of successful treatment and recovery, so don’t be shy or embarrassed about seeking help from a doctor if you have concerns.

If you have cancer, finding it early gives you the best chance of treating it and getting well again.

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