STDs or sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted primarily through sexual activity. They are commonly contagious and can go unnoticed for those that don't know how to find the symptoms. If you find that you may be experiencing something odd or something that could be a symptom, then it is wise to get checked. A common symptom in men that can end up being something is a lump in the testicles.
What To Look Out For
A testicular lump is an unusual mass that is found and formed in the testicles. A lump is a common symptom that can occur from a young age until you are a senior citizen. These lumps can be found in one or both testicles. They are possible outward signs of a problem. They can be caused by a sexually transmitted disease, injuries, or be indicative of a serious medical issue.
These lumps are not always a sign of testicular cancer. Benign issues can lead to diseases or other bacterial issues. You should check through self-prognosis or visit a doctor if the issue persists. If you find something unusual during a testicular self-test (something men should do monthly), schedule an appointment with a physician.
In Control Of Your Health
Your doctor will be able to diagnose the lump. If it is unassociated with other symptoms, you may be able to rule out STDs. Your doctor will be able to tell you with certainty. For men who have injured their testicles, going to a doctor immediately is recommended. If left untreated, testicular injuries can lead to infertility.
Note the symptoms you've been experiencing, and take recent injuries into account as well. Keep your sexual history in mind. The majority of testicular lumps can be diagnosed during a visit with your doctor.
Making an Educated Assessment
There are a number of procedures that your doctor may utilize to diagnose you. A blood test can find tumorous cells, infections, or different ailments you may be suffering from. Taking fluid from the penis with a swab allows for STI screening. This is when you look for the two major diseases that are behind a lot of swelling, testicular pain, and of course lumps. The tests will look out for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Torsion and testicular cancer are they key, life-threatening things to look for, so a biopsy may be taken as well. This is when a small tissue sample is removed from your testicles and sent to a laboratory for examination.
Breaking Down What The Symptom Are
Here is a look at some other diseases that can be associated with testicular lumps. Varicocele is where there is increased blood flow in the testicles. It comes on after puberty. One in seven men has this. A hydrocele is a build up of fluid that can actually occur in newborns as well.
Testicular torsion happens when your testicles are twisted in an injury or accident. It can happen to all men, but often occurs in boys aged 13 to 17. It requires immediate medical attention. Lumps may also indicate Epididymitis or Orchitis. These are the structures in your genital area that hold your sperm. Inflammation will occur and is usually caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia, both of which can be cured with a round of antibiotics.
All of these things can lead to serious issues that require treatment, making testing that much more important.