Men's Health

Men's Screenings:

Screening Tests

Ages 18 - 39

General Health/Physical Exam:
Full checkup, including weight and height

Discuss with your doctor or nurse; typically every 3 years.

Heart Health:
Blood pressure test

At least every year. 

Cholesterol test

Start at age 20, typically every 3 years. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Blood sugar test

Typically every 3 years. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Reproductive Health:
Testicular exam

Monthly self-exam; and part of a general checkup.

Chlamydia test

Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) tests

Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.

Eye and Ear Health:
Eye exam

Get your eyes checked if you have problems or visual changes.

Hearing test

Starting at age 18, then every 10 years.

Skin Health:
Mole exam

Monthly mole self-exam; by a doctor every 3 years, starting at age 20.

Oral Health:
Dental exam

One to two times every year.

Mental Health Screening

Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Influenza vaccine

Annually. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Pneumococcal vaccine

Discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster vaccine

Every 10 years.


Testicular Cancer

Men should examine themselves regularly for testicular cancer beginning at age 15.

Warning signs for testicular cancer are:

  • one testicle may swell, or feel abnormally heavy
  • a small painless lump may develop on a testicle
  • male breast may enlarge and feel tender
  • pain/discomfort in the scrotum
  • swelling in the scrotum
  • dull ache in the scrotum or abdomen


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

Half of sexually active people will contract an STI by age 25. Men can transfer STI’s through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Effects of STI’s can cause serious medical conditions. It is important to get tested because many times STI’s do not have any symptoms.

Check with your doctor if you have:

  • A need to urinate often
  • Burning while urinating
  • Drip or discharge from penis 
  • Sores, bumps, or blisters
  • Pain or itching 
  • Warts


Steroid Use

Steroids may seem like a quick way to build that extra muscle or improve athletic performance. However, steroids have many physical and psychological side effects that are often irreversible.

These include:

  • Kidney damage 
  • Heart damage
  • Penis and testicle damage 
  • Infertility 
  • Ligaments and tendons damage 
  • Liver cancer
  • Depression 
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings 
  • Aggressive behavior


Men Get Depressed Too

Men suffer from depression just as much as women but are less likely to ask for help. Men are more likely to commit suicide due to depression.

Signs of depression that may be prevalent in men are:

  • Irritability 
  • Sudden Anger/Aggression
  • Increased loss of control 
  • Greater risk taking
  • Sad, hopeless or empty feeling
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Withdrawn, spending more time at work or alone
  • Alcohol/drug abuse