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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A spermatocele is a fluid collection or cyst that forms in the epididymis behind your testicles. The cyst contains a milky liquid that usually has sperm in it. The cyst will feel like a smooth mass near your testicles that you can move inside your scrotum. The mass is not cancer. A spermatocele is usually not painful, but you may feel heaviness in your scrotum. The area may also be swollen.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have sudden, severe pain in your scrotum or testicle.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- The cyst does not go away or gets bigger.
- The cyst becomes painful or causes discomfort.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Medicine may be given to reduce pain or inflammation. Ask your healthcare provider how to take pain medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Your healthcare provider may want to check the spermatocele over time. He may also refer you to a urologist if the spermatocele becomes large or painful, or causes other problems. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
A testicular self-exam is a monthly check of your testicles and scrotum. Your healthcare provider may ask you to check for changes, lumps, or pain. Ask for more information on how to do a testicular self-exam.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.