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by vteen, January 9, 2006 9:52 AM
It's not as bad as you think!
Perhaps there is one thing that tends to increase during puberty-age that can seem incredibly frightening. Up until it happens, you hear it being discussed among circles of friends at school and on sports teams. This is the dreaded physical.
Once it happens, though, you realize it is no big deal. There really is nothing to be afraid of. Usually during a physical, there are a lot of things that will go on in the doctor’s office. These are things like drawing blood by pricking your finger; taking a urine sample; checking out your ears, eyes, nose, and throat; weighing you; and checking your testicles. This is the part that really scares people, but it is not that bad.
You have to remember while you are at a physical, that this is a medical professional. Nothing that you (or your body, rather) could do would be shocking to him, or make him say anything that would embarrass you. Generally, during a physical, doctors ask you to remove your pants and underwear. They then proceed by loosely cupping your testicles, asking you to turn your head and cough, and then tell you to pull back up your clothes.
You need not to worry about getting an erection. Actually, the more you worry about it, the more likely it could happen. Even if it happens, the doctor will understand, they handle tons of young erection prone teens throughout their career.
This is standard medical procedure, and you should not feel shy or embarrassed during your physical. It is important for them to check this, as they are checking for possible hernias, which could result in much damage and pain later on.
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