Health Provider Checklist for Adolescent and Young Adult Males

Physical Examination and Labs

Normal Pubertal Concerns and Genital Abnormalities not Related to STIs/HIV


A clinician must be familiar with normal male genital development, be able to reassure patients and parents about normal physical examination findings, and recognize, treat, and, if appropriate, refer abnormal findings. Normalization is an important part of adolescent primary care, given the wide variation in onset of puberty and adolescent males’ concerns, and frequently unrealistic beliefs, about normal penis size and shape.  Table 3 describes these findings and describes initial primary care management.1

See table 3: Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health: A Review

1 Bell, David L, Breland, David J. and Ott, Mary. Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health: A Review.Pediatrics. 2013.


Teichman, JM and Sea, J. Noninfectious Penile LesionsAm Fam Physician. 2010 Jan 15;81(2):167-174.