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Testicle Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Testicle pain may start in your scrotum and spread to your abdomen. You may have sharp, sudden pain or dull pain that happens over time. Your testicle pain may come and go, or it may last for a long time. The cause of your pain may be unknown. Testicle pain can be caused by infection, trauma, hernia, kidney stones, or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You may have a painful lump in your scrotum. The lump may be caused by an enlarged vein or fluid that collects around one of your testicles. This lump also may be caused by a more serious medical condition. Part of your testicle may twist. This is a serious condition that needs treatment as soon as possible.



Decrease discomfort:

With treatment, your pain may improve within 1 to 3 days. Depending on the cause of your testicle pain, your condition may take up to 4 weeks to heal.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or urologist in 3 to 7 days:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Sexual activity:

Avoid sexual activity until you have finished your antibiotics or until your healthcare provider tells you it is safe to have sex. Use condoms to lower your risk of STIs.

Contact your healthcare provider or urologist if:

Return to the emergency department if:

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