How is testicular self-examination (TSE) done?
• A TSE may be easier after a warm bath or shower, when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed. • It is important that both testes are checked, one at a time. • Using the palm of your hand, support your scrotum. Try to become familiar with the texture and size of each testis. • Gently roll one testis between thumb and fingers to feel for any lumps or swellings in or on the surface of the testis. Repeat with the other testis. The testes should feel firm and the surface smooth. • Using your thumb and fingers, feel along the epididymis at the back of the testis. The epididymis is a soft, highly coiled tube that carries sperm from the testis to the vas deferens. Check for any swelling in this area. • If there is any change to how the testes feel normally, see a local doctor.