Testicle pain

Definition

Testicle pain is discomfort in one or both testicles. The pain can spread into the lower abdomen.

Causes

The testicles are very sensitive. Even a minor injury can cause pain. In some conditions, abdominal pain may occur before testicle pain.

Common causes of testicle pain include:

Mild pain may be caused by fluid collection in the scrotum, such as:

Home Care

Non-urgent causes of testicle pain, such as minor injuries and fluid collection, can often be treated with home care. The following steps may reduce discomfort and swelling:

Take the antibiotics your health care provider gives you if the pain is caused by infection. Preventive measures to take:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Sudden, severe testicle pain needs immediate medical care.

Call your provider right away or go to an emergency room if:

Also call your provider right away if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your provider will do an exam of your groin, testicles, and abdomen. Your provider will ask you questions about the pain such as:

The following tests may be performed:


Review Date: 8/26/2017
Reviewed By: Jennifer Sobol, DO, Urologist with the Michigan Institute of Urology, West Bloomfield, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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