Testicular Pains | Types, Causes, and Treatment Options

Published: Feb 21, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Man having pain in the testes

Testicular pains, also called scrotal pains, can have various causes, and may affect one or both testes and/or the scrotum. Pains may be sudden and go away quickly, or they may be of long, consistent duration.

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In men, superficial pain, burning or severe itching may be experienced in the testicular, glans or urethra area before or after ejaculation. Causes may include musculoskeletal issues, prostate disorders, previous surgery, cysts or stones, and antidepressant drugs.

Chronic testicular or scrotal pains may occur after vasectomy, or due to infections such as sexually transmitted infections, epididymitis, prostatitis, and orchitis, but also due to varicocele, hydrocele, spermatocele, inguinal Hernia, polyarteritis nodosa, testicular torsion, Fournier gangrene, previous surgery and/or injury.

Mind, however, that in a quarter of the cases the cause cannot be determined. Of course, treatments vary widely and depend on the causes just mentioned. You can learn about some of the treatment options by following the links in the previous paragraph, or take a look at the related articles here further below.

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