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.
  • Chills.
  • 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.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with epididymitis, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • What is the possible cause of your condition?
  • Some patients with epididymitis is caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Is this the case with you as well?
  • If it is a sexually transmitted infection, should I also be screened for other STIs?
  • Should my sexual partner/s be screened and treated for any STIs as well?
  • During the course of treatment, when is it safe to have sexual intercourse?
  • When treatment is successful, what precautionary measures should you do to prevent having another episode?

In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:

  • Painkillers such as Tylenol might help in relieving pain and fever.

Seek immediate consult if the following symptoms occur:

  • Severe testicular pain.
  • Incessant vomiting.

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