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What is a spermatocele?

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.


What increases my risk for a spermatocele?

The cause of your spermatocele may not be known. Trauma, blockage, infection, or inflammation in your scrotum may increase your risk.

How is a spermatocele diagnosed and treated?

  • To diagnose a spermatocele, your healthcare provider will feel your testicles and other parts of your scrotum. They will check for lumps and pain. They may use an ultrasound if you have a lump to see if it is a spermatocele cyst. Spermatoceles are sometimes found during a routine physical exam by a healthcare provider.
  • Treatment for a spermatocele may not be needed. The cyst usually goes away on its own. Your healthcare provider may recommend medicine to decrease pain or swelling if you develop discomfort. They may be able to remove the cyst if it becomes large. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks of having a spermatocele removed. The procedure may cause infertility (problems fathering children).

What is a testicular self-exam?

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.

When should I seek immediate care?

  • You have sudden, severe pain in your scrotum or testicle.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • 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.

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