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Question: What is normal for a genital exam?

 ConfusedinCali - Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:03 am


For a healthy boy ages 3-5, how many genital exams should he have per year? If the doctor were to perform a genital exam on the boy everytime the boy went in to see him (for whatever reason), would this seem strange?

Also, what is involved in a genital exam? Is it commonly performed with the hands only and the underwear on?

Thank you for your time,
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:16 am

User avatar An exam such as this would be performed with routine well-child exams, which, at this age would be done annually. They would be without underwear and nothing would seem inappropriate (trust your instinct here). Unless he has some kind of abnormality the doctor is watching, it should not be necessary to examine genitals with other concerns such as respiratory infections, immunizations, ear infections, etc. that are not related.

I hope this answers your questions.

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