Testicle Pain After Intercourse, a Sign of Trouble?
Testicle pain after intercourse can be caused by several factors, either from issues with the testicles themselves or from other structures within the scrotum.
Many men worry when their vital organ, the testicles, experience discomfort, especially if the pain occurs after intercourse. Testicles play a crucial role in the male reproductive system, including hormone production and sperm production.
The area around the testicles is very sensitive, so any disturbances can cause discomfort in a man’s testicles. If you are experiencing this condition, complaints may arise from several factors, such as:
From the testicles themselves
The wrapping tube of the testicles or the Tunica albuginea
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Tissues located at the back of the testicles (epididymitis)
Organs around the testicles
Causes of Testicle Pain After Intercourse
Sometimes, the pain experienced can involve the lower abdominal area or be caused by other factors. In addition, testicle pain can also result from muscle pain, urinary tract issues, and digestive tract problems.
Here are some common causes of testicle pain that men may often experience:
One of the causes of testicle pain is epididymitis. This condition occurs when there is inflammation in the epididymis or the tube surrounding the testicle. Epididymitis is usually due to bacteria related to sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections, or prostate infections. Typically, one of the symptoms is testicle pain during urination.
Orchitis is inflammation that occurs in the testicles. This condition usually causes the scrotum to appear swollen and painful when touched. Testicle pain can even cause fever in some cases.
Swelling of the testicles due to enlarged blood vessels in the scrotal area can cause testicle pain.
Be cautious, as the testicle pain you feel may be due to testicular torsion, also known as torsio testis. This condition must be treated promptly because it can disrupt blood vessels around the testicles.
Urinary Tract Infection
Testicle pain occurs when you finish urinating. Usually, it is accompanied by a burning sensation and fever.
Testicle pain can also be caused by testicular cancer. Although rare, this condition can cause discomfort in the testicular area.
When Should You See a Doctor?
You are advised to see a doctor promptly if you experience conditions such as:
Increasing testicle pain
When touched, there is swelling in the area around the scrotum
Pain accompanied by fever, nausea, and vomiting
Redness of the testicles
How to Deal with Testicle Pain
Testicle pain can be uncomfortable, but there’s no need to worry. If the pain can still be managed, it can be treated independently by doing the following:
Get enough rest
Avoid wearing tight or warm pants
Try not to lift heavy objects
Maintain hygiene in the genital area and its surroundings
Avoid engaging in sexual intercourse with multiple partners
Increase fluid intake and consume healthy foods, while avoiding overly spicy foods
Avoid the habit of holding in urine or stool as it can pose a risk of urinary tract infections
Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can help relieve pain
If the above measures and medication do not help, it is advisable to consult a doctor for further treatment and therapy.
Well, hopefully, the information above is beneficial for those who often experience testicle pain. Remember, do not underestimate it as this condition can be quite serious. Seek immediate consultation with a specialized andrologist for proper treatment.
Don’t worry, you still have the opportunity to pursue a fertility program if the cause of the testicular issue has been evaluated and treated.
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This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Chitra Fatimah.
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