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How common are injuries to the testicles?

Injuries, especially serious injuries, are not that common. But it's important to know they can happen and how to take steps to prevent them. And it's extra important if you regularly take part in activities than can cause these injuries.

Taking part in certain sports such as soccer, basketball, or baseball can put you at risk. So can intense exercise, weight lifting, and other activities that put stress on the groin area.  But there are ways to protect the groin area and reduce the risk of a serious injury to your testicles.

When should I see a doctor?

Some injuries can be serious and may even need emergency treatment. See the doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

  • The injury went through the scrotum.
  • Pain doesn't ease up after an hour.
  • You continue to feel nauseous or continue to vomit.
  • There is bruising or swelling of the scrotum or the scrotum fills with fluid.
  • You have difficulty urinating.
  • There is blood in your urine.
  • You have fever after an injury to the testicles.
  • You notice pain in your testicles without recalling an injury.

 

If my testicles are injured, say from a knee in the groin while playing basketball, can I treat the injury myself?

If the injury is not serious, you can take these steps:

  • Take a painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help get rid of the pain.
  • Use an ice pack on the area -- not directly on the skin -- to help prevent swelling and ease pain.
  • Place a rolled-up towel under the testicle when you lie down.
  • Take it easy for a few days after an injury.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • Wear supportive underwear for a few days to gently support the testicle.

Can there be serious complications?

Two of the most serious complications are testicular torsion and testicular rupture.

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