What is it?
There is a coiled tube at the back of testicles is called the epididymis. This tube stores and carries sperm and is linked to the ejaculatory duct by another tube called the vas deferens. Epididymitis is when this tube becomes painful, swollen, and inflamed.
What are the symptoms?
- Low-grade fever
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Pressure in the testicles
- Pain and tenderness in the testicles
- Redness and warmth in the scrotum
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin
- Pain during sexual intercourse and ejaculation
- Pain during urination or bowel movements
- Urgent and frequent urination
- Abnormal penile discharge
- Blood in the semen
- Take painkillers to help with the pain
- Hold a cold pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) on your groin
- Wear underwear that supports your scrotum
Do not have sex if you have gonorrhoea or chlamydia until you’ve finished the full course of treatment
Things to watch out for
See a GP if you have: a lump in your testicles or swollen testes or one testes that’s become bigger than the other a change in the shape of your testicles or the way they feel pain in your testes that doesn’t go away Go to Accident and emergency or call 000 if you get sudden, unbearable pain in your testicles or tummy This could be caused by your testicle becoming twisted and needs to be treated in hospital as soon as possible.