WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Bodies, 12:15am Tuesday 4th November 2014 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Conditions

Epididymal Cyst

An epididymal cyst is a smooth, fluid-filled lump found on the testicles. Although some men may worry that they are a sign of cancer or another serious problem, epididymal cysts are in fact benign and thus not a health risk.

The cysts form when fluid builds up in a tube behind the testicles called the epididymis, which stores and transports sperm. It is possible to have more than one cyst at a time and they can appear on both testicles. Up to a third of men are affected by this condition and the cysts can develop at any time in life, although it is most likely to occur in those who are middle-aged.

Epididymal cysts can be very small, but some can grow to the same size as a testicle or even as large as a grapefruit! There are normally no symptoms unless a cyst becomes infected, in which case it may drain fluid and become painful or swollen. Larger epididymal cysts can cause some discomfort, which is usually the reason why some men opt to have them removed. This procedure involves a simple operation to cut the cyst out of the epididymis. However, if a cyst is not infected and does not cause any pain or discomfort, it is not necessary to treat it.

Although epididymal cysts are benign, it is still important to get any new or unusual lumps and bumps in your genital area checked out by a GP.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on testicular cysts >

Comments and Questions

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

I am 13 and I have an epididymal cyst , I have been experiencing a lot of pain and I'm wondering if what my urologist said was true , he said that if I get it removed it may cause me to not be able to have kids , is this true?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Im 14 and I have recently found a lump on the bottom of my left testical, it is painful so im ruling out canser but I think that it could be a cyct! I havent told my parents this yet because it is very aqward! Any advice on how to tell them or what to do??





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Just get tell them. There's no right or wrong way to say it, just make sure you do. Make sure you make an appointment with the doctor as well, do NOT be afraid. They won't like it any more than you will, but better to be sure.

Yes I have managed to tell my parents and we have a doctors appointment soon, thank you for you help!

Hi I no what you mean I also had the same problem I'm 17 and I didn't tell my dad or my mum . It is very aqward but the best thing is to talk to your dad and say you are having paing in your left testical . I told my dad that I had pain in my left testical and we whent straight to a&e and i Had a oporation straight away i hope what I've said helps.

Hi guys, I am suffering with a tender swelling behind the left testicle and it looks like a trailing point behind it. But I went to see agp out of hours and he was unsure as to whether it was epidimytis or torsion! I have had epididimytis on and off most of my younger life iI'm 35 now. I had a bout of this back in January. But I am unsure of what to think about this, could it be a cyst? I also have pain in kidneys and feel nauseous. Been like this for about 9 days. Any ideas.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Take note. Those thinking of getting a cyst removed by surgery... the operation isn't too bad but these things seem to like to be there and can re-occur. I went through all the pain and discomfort of removal only to be back in exactly the same position a couple of years later. Also, messing about with the epipidymus can leave things hanging a bit differently down there! Decided to live with it in the end. That was my experience anyway. Homeopathic remedy? Pah!





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

What exactly is homeopathic medicine, can u name what the medicine is called, I would really appreciate your answer

Dnt worry guys cyst is nt a big problem..in hompathy medical science its nt a big prob ..take homopathy medicine and ull b fi9 in 15 to 20 days..and ya this cyst also effects penus errection bt dnt worry go for homopathy and ull be fi9 in sum days ...dnt do surgery..in alopathy i think there is no medicines availabel for this,go for homopathy medicine..





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Tell me about this homeopathy,and can i get d pills in dubai. Do i need to visit some doctors before i could take the pills? I have epididima cyst which i hate so much

I was suffering from dis cyst prob it was also effecting my errection ..bt know i m fi9 ...doctors and surgeons suggested me to do surgery or dnt think abt it ,let it be..frnds in alopathy there is no medical treatment for dis..bt in india in homopathy there is a medical treatment for dis..trust me i got fi9 from homopathy medicines in a week..so guys dnt worry take homopathy medicines and ull be fi9 in a week or month..





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi I have epididymal cyst in both the testicles, I am just 23 years old,I have this problem since 1 year sitll unmarried so if I get marriage I will get childrens or not please answer this question as soon as possible, thank you.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Bro take homopathy medicine ull get fi9 in a 15 days..

What causes some sort of fluid to appear between either of my testes and my upper thigh and smells like somethig has died.I had a vascectomy some 34 years ago. I am 78 years old,





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

i have just come back from hospital i have been offered the surgery i have said yes and now im just awaitng for a scan then the op next year some time although the doctor asked me do i have kids and did i want more i was like what why ask that i hope he said they where only removing the cyst from reading peoples stories is surgery the correct answer?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I had cysts removed last Friday - in connection with a different, routine-check issue. Removal can be done under local anestethics - quite a simple operation. The first diagnosis for the swelling was hydrocele but when the surgeon accessed the problem it turned out to be epidydimal cysts which he then proceeded to remove. My cyst(s) grew over a period of several years and caused no pain nor discomfort From what I gather, neither hydrocele nor the cysts entail any risks/ dangers and need no action unless you feel uncomfortable. As I mentioned, I had them removed only because it could be done in connection with another issue. I came across your question because I was looking up info on the cysts which is a first-time problem for me; the info mentions one in three men experience the problem. No idea why you should wait a year - maybe pressure on work for the doctor, nor can I see any relevance in his question regarding children; you may ask what he means by that, I don't see the relevance. Maybe you should seek a second opinion.

If you didn't want to have any more children he could do a vasectomy while he was in there. Sort of buy one get one free!

42 yo. Cyst clear on top left testicle. Also pain that that goes down left leg. I see urologist end of september 2014. Family history of bladder cancer. Iam a swimmer and bicycle for cardio.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. Consultation: Soreness on the Penis

    In Videos - A patient is examined for soreness around his penis

  2. Consultation: Second Adult Circumcision

    In Videos - Dr Jessen examines a patient in need of a new circumcision

  3. How To Check Your Testicles

    In Videos - Dr Harper's guide to how to self-check your balls against testicula…

  4. Consultation: Painful Penis

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a patient whose pleasures in life have been severe…

  5. Consultation: Prostate Cancer

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a patient whose Prostate Cancer has worsened in re…

  6. James Russell

    Doctor Info - Find out more about James Russell.

  7. Dr Priya Manickavasagar

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Priya.

  8. Quick Health Advice: Penis Spots

    In Videos - Dr Christian discusses how to check for penile spots and what warni…

  9. Bodies Behaving Badly

    In Episodes - Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions includ…

  10. Dr Christian Jessen

    In Videos - Find out more about Dr Christian Jessen

  11. Dr Dawn Harper

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Dawn.

  12. Dr Pixie McKenna

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Pixie.

  13. Dr Christian Jessen

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Christian

  14. Teens Below the Belt

    In Episodes - Episode 4 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies tackles conditions includi…

  15. Boys, Boys, Boys

    In Episodes - Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at bin…


Help Beat Cancer

Download our free mobile game to help Reverse The Odds in the fight against cancer.

Available on App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store >