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

Embarrassing Bodies, 12:10am Monday 9th March 2015 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Conditions

Testicular Pain

Your testicles/balls/plums/nuts/nads/goolies or whatever other nickname you’ve bizarrely given them are a sensitive area and damage to them could render you incapable of having children – that’s without even mentioning the excruciating pain that would accompany any damage. There are a number of things that could cause a pain in your testicle; some would be instant and absolute agony, where as others might gradually come on over a prolonged period of time, either way, both might be a cause for concern. Remember, testicular cancer causes no pain, so whilst you won’t have to worry about cancer should you get a sudden twinge in your balls, regular self-checks are needed.

Believe it or not, testicles can get infected. It generally happens in older men and is characterised by a throbbing pain, extreme tenderness and swelling – as well as generally feeling under the weather. Antibiotics are the order of the day if this is your ailment and should restore the boys to their former glory with no problem at all. Torsion of the testicles is when one of your testes twists itself round on the cord that attaches it to your body. If you get a sudden, seemingly unprovoked pain, in your testicles you should seek a doctor’s assistance as soon as possible as torsion of the testicles, if left unseen to, can make the affected teste wither and drop off within just six hours. Sorry to scare you lads, but it’s better to be aware. If you have a pain in your scrotum whenever you cough or sneeze you may have a large hernia– yeah, it is possible to get one down there, but fear not! A simple operation will sort a hernia out. If your groin is injured warm baths, pain killers and supportive underwear should shift the pain within a week. That ache you sometimes get in your balls when you’re particularly turned on is nothing to worry about, though relieving the ache can be pretty gruelling – for your wrist at least as masturbation should clear the feeling up instantly. All in all there’s a lot that go wrong with these little chaps so take good care of them and if in doubt get it checked.

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

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 m 21 years old yesterday i met with and accident and my testicles got affected and they are still paining no swelling its a gentle pain what to do please suggest me with the ans.





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 im 23 and i have been sore on my left testicle i have looked and i have a lump thats swollen i have used a steralised needle to pin prick it and a fluid came out like when i had an infected toe im going to keep an eye on it over weekend and if not il av to see a doctor but im not pleased about getting it out to doctor





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

hello doctor my name is bitty, i have a similar problem with my testies. the left one will be painful until i masturbate or have sex before it relief me, and it may start whenever i went to toilet and come out that will be the time it will start. pls what is your advice and what are the causes? thank you.

Suck it up and get to the Doctor. Seriously, it's what they are there for.

Hi. I have been getting quite frequent bouts of dull aches in both my testicles. I have a cyst on one, and a very small one on the other. I have noticed where my larger cyst is, there almost feels like the bottom part (which connects to the testicle) has grown another part of enlarged the bottom part of the cyst even more. I think it could be infected? How could you find out if there is an infection there? over the past 5 months I have got aches in my uretha,testicles and lower back also. \thou more so the testicles in recent weeks. I dont have a UTI or any STD's as I have been checked for this. Ultrasound on my kidneys which was fine. I due to see my doctor who will no doubt send me to the urologist for my more so testicle pain. I something has grown in there and is pretty uncomfortable. I kind of feel it could be an infection but how would they test for this? any reply would be really appreciated. Quite worried now to be honest.





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've had a dull pain for a few days in my left testicle and roughly 4 cm above my penis, to the left approximately 5 cm. I'm 30 years old, I doubt it's an injury and seriously doubt STI due to condoms. No lumps, redness and no swelling I don't think but it is more tender when checking the left testicle and uncomfortable in general. It has hurt a little when I've walked sometimes. Any advice please?





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

last Friday I did a circuit session involving tyre flips, cycling, rowing box jumps and other exercise. Afterwards I had a tight feeling in my lower back. I stretched off as my physio advised. I have been told by a dr and nurse I have sciatica. My back pain as eased apart from a strong pain in my right lower back which has gone into my right testicle. I've been checked by the dr twice in 2 days as the pain is crippling. He suspects theres no hernia, no lumps, swelling or anything to suggest anything out of the ordinary. The pain seems to get worse over time, it will ease off then come back and I will be doubled over. Seems to come on more if I stand or walk. can I get some advise please.





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

My right testicle tender when I check myself it even tender when I check myself in the bath please help





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 have pain in my left testie I can only explains that it feels bruised ive not done anything to make it hurt like this can you tell me what this could be I can't even manage to walk properly with out it killing me thanks





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

My right ball been hurting I was goin too weight training but before that I took a run around the track thats when it started hurting





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

My son is complaining about his right testie paining wen I looked it's red and looks like it has dropped the left one still retracts but the right one doesn't?





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 is my current situation, im 17, it's been like it for 1 or 2 days, what did your son do?

I'm a 18 year old male in good health I was a way for the Christmas in 2014 and around the end of December I felt like a lump right at the top on my thigh but it wasn't cancer and I started getting pain on the ŕight side of my testicle but waited till I got back to the UK I went straight to a walk in doctors an got checked then on the Tuesday I we t to see my family doctor and the 2 couldn't find nothing when they examined me so I got tests done and all came back clare got blood tests in the hospital and it all came back clare and iv this pain for the last nearly mouth and it came now again I just won't to know if any body is experienced or experiencing what I have if it will leave me interfile or not I'm really scared to be honest and I'm hardly sex active any help would be great thanks





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. How To Check Your Testicles

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

  2. Men

    In Episodes - The EI Docs go in search of the most elusive creature in the doctor…

  3. Boys, Boys, Boys

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

  4. Teens Below the Belt

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

  5. Am I Normal?

    In Episodes - Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions includ…

  6. Dr Christian Jessen

    In Videos - Find out more about Dr Christian Jessen

  7. Doctor Responses: Testicular Cancer

    In Videos - Dr Christian explores the myths and common questions surrounding te…

  8. Consultation: Painful Penis

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

  9. Consultation: Prostate Cancer

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

  10. Breasts

    In Episodes - In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors…

  11. Vaginas

    In Episodes - The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the count…

  12. Consultation: Second Adult Circumcision

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

  13. James Russell

    Doctor Info - Find out more about James Russell.

  14. Dr Priya Manickavasagar

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Priya.

  15. Consultation: Soreness on the Penis

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


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 >