Testicular Pain
(Pain in the Testicles)

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Testicular pain facts

  • Testicular pain refers to pain or discomfort that is felt in one or both testicles.
  • The primary role of the testicle is to produce sperm and the hormone testosterone.
  • There are numerous conditions that can cause testicular pain, and a few of them constitute medical emergencies.
  • The signs and symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness of the testicle and/or scrotum. Nausea, vomiting and fever may also be present.
  • The different causes of testicular pain can be diagnosed using blood tests, urinalysis and imaging studies, in addition to a complete physical exam.
  • The treatment for testicular pain varies depending on the underlying cause, and may include pain medication, antibiotics, and surgical intervention.
  • The complications of the conditions causing testicular pain may include infection, impaired fertility, permanent damage to the testicle or loss of the testicle.
  • Only a few causes of testicular pain are preventable.

What is testicular pain (pain in the testicles)?

Testicular pain is pain or discomfort that is felt in one or both testicles. The pain may originate from the testicle itself, or it may be the result of other conditions affecting the scrotum, groin or abdomen. Though there are numerous medical conditions that can cause testicular pain, it is important to understand that a few of them constitute medical emergencies that require immediate medical attention in order to prevent the loss of testicular function.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2014

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