Prevalence and predictors of testicular self-exam among a nationally representative sample of men in the United States

Michael Reece, Debby Herbenick, Stephanie A. Sanders, Brian Dodge, Annahita Ghassemi, J. Dennis Fortenberry

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Men's gender roles and norms may influence their sexual behaviors and sexual health care practices in numerous specific ways and contexts. Health professionals encourage men's performance of testicular self-exams (TSE), yet estimates of monthly TSE from convenience samples range from 2% to 10%. In this population-based study of 655 U.S. men aged 18 to 44 years, TSE prevalence during the past month was 40.3% and was predicted by geographic location, sexual behaviors, genital self-image, and having a physical exam within the past year. National TSE prevalence rates will be useful to those who work to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with testicular cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010



  • Masturbation
  • Men's sexual health
  • Testicular cancer
  • Testicular self-exam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology

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