Testicular lumps and swellings


Testicular lumps and swellings are abnormal growths or bumps that develop in the male testicles, or scrotum. These lumps can appear as a single lump or multiple lumps, and can feel like a hard or soft bump. They can range in size from very small to larger than the testicle itself.

The cause of testicular lumps and swellings can vary, but they are commonly caused by injury or infection. In some cases, the lump may be a cyst, tumor or a collection of fluid. If a tumor is present, it may be benign or malignant.

It is important to take any lump or swelling seriously and to contact a healthcare provider for a thorough and prompt evaluation. Symptoms of a testicular lump or swelling may include pain, tenderness and color changes, and in certain situations, it is an emergency situation. A physical exam and laboratory tests may be needed to determine the cause of the lump or swelling. Treatment options vary depending on the cause, but may include medications, surgery, or other treatments.


The most common symptom of testicular lumps and swellings is a hard lump or bump that can be felt in either testicle. Other symptoms may include tenderness, pain, discomfort, swelling and a heavy feeling in the scrotum. In some cases, there may be discharge from the penis, pain in the lower abdomen or pain during sexual intercourse.


The most common cause of testicular lumps and swellings are benign (non-cancerous) growths, such as a hydrocele or varicocele. Other causes may include an infection, testicular torsion, injury, or a tumor. Testicular cancer is a rare cause of a testicular lump, but it is the most serious cause and should always be considered. It is important to consult a doctor if there is a testicular lump or swelling, as they will be able to diagnose the cause.

Risk factors

The primary risk factor for testicular lumps and swellings is having an undescended testicle at birth. This is when the testicle does not move down the inguinal canal before birth, which can create an environment for the testicle to become injured or infected. Other potential risk factors for lumps and swellings include: trauma to the testicles, past history of infections, abnormal hormone levels, and prior medical treatments near the testicles. An overall unhealthy lifestyle can increase the risk of many health issues, including testicular lumps and swellings.


Testicular lumps and swellings can be diagnosed through a physical exam. During the exam, the doctor will feel the testicles and any lumps or swellings. They may also order imaging tests such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI to further evaluate any abnormalities. If the doctor suspects a tumor, they may order a biopsy which involves removing a small sample of tissue from the lumps or swellings and sending them to a lab for testing. In some cases, further tests may be required to determine the cause of the lumps or swellings.


Testicular lumps and swellings can be categorized into three main subtypes depending on cause. These subtypes include:

  1. Infectious: caused by bacterial or viral infections leading to swelling, redness, and tenderness of the affected testicle.
  2. Varicocele: an enlargement of the veins in the spermatic cord that often results in a small lump in the scrotum.
  3. Tumors: abnormal growths that occur in the testicles, which can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). They can cause pain, swelling, and a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.


Treatment for testicular lumps and swellings will vary depending on the underlying cause. However, some possible treatments may include:

  • Surgery: Surgery is a common treatment option for testicular masses that are due to infections, tumors, cysts, or structural abnormalities. The type of surgical approach used will depend on the diagnosis and the size of the mass.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce inflammation and swelling associated with testicular lumps or cysts.
  • Hormone Therapy: If a testicular lump or swelling is caused by hormone-related issues, such as an overproduction of testosterone, hormone therapy may be required to treat the underlying condition.
  • Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy may be used to treat certain types of tumors, such as germ cell tumors that can cause testicular lumps or swellings.
  • Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy (or cryosurgery) is a procedure that utilizes extremely cold temperatures to freeze and kill cancerous cells. It can sometimes be used to treat testicular lumps and swellings.
  • Chemotherapy: If a testicular lump or swelling is due to cancer, chemotherapy may be used to kill any residual cancer cells.


To reduce the risk of testicular lumps and swellings, it is important to practice good testicular health. This includes regular self-examinations of the testicles, avoiding tight clothing and extreme temperatures, eating a balanced and healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting regular medical check-ups. Additionally, avoiding certain activities or behaviors, such as smoking and recreational drug use, can also help to reduce the risk of testicular lumps and swellings.

Gender differences?

Yes, there are gender-specific differences in the presentation and management of testicular lumps and swellings. In males, testicular lumps and swellings are often the result of testicular torsion, a painful condition that results from the twisting of the testicles. Testicular torsion is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Other possible causes in men include testicular cancer, testicular trauma, and inflammation of the testicles. Treatment for testicular lumps and swellings will depend on the cause.

In females, testicular lumps and swellings are more likely to be due to benign conditions, such as cysts or fibroids. Treatment will depend on the cause and may include surgery, hormones, or other medical treatments. It is important for females to seek medical attention for any testicular lumps of swellings, as any underlying cause should be properly evaluated to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.


Nutrition plays an important role in the management of testicular lumps and swellings. By eating a balanced and healthy diet, individuals can ensure that their bodies are receiving the necessary nutrients to support their overall health. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy can help to provide the vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy, as well as boost the immune system in order to help the body fight off infection and disease. Additionally, by avoiding foods high in saturated fats and added sugars, individuals can reduce the risk of developing conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes, both of which can increase the risk of testicular lumps and swellings. Finally, proper hydration is important for flushing toxins from the body and helping to promote healthy circulation, which can help prevent and manage testicular lumps and swellings.

Physical Activity

Physical activity may not directly affect testicular lumps and swellings, but it can help to reduce stress levels and improve overall health. This may help to reduce the risk of developing testicular cancer, as stress has been linked to an increased risk in some cases. Additionally, engaging in regular physical activity can help to maintain a healthy weight, lowering the risk of complications such as varicoceles, which can cause testicular swellings. Exercise may also help to improve overall circulation, allowing oxygen and nutrients to the testicles and helping the body to naturally flush out any toxins.

Further Reading

  1. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/sexual-and-reproductive/testicular-lumps-and-swellings
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/testicle-lumps-and-swellings/
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321980
  4. https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/conditions/testicular-lumps-and-scrotal-swellings
  5. https://patient.info/mens-health/scrotal-lumps-pain-and-swelling
  6. https://www.healthymale.org.au/mens-health/scrotal-lumps
  7. https://www.healthline.com/health/testicle-lump

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