At the back of each testicle is a coiled tubecalled the epididymis that stores and carries sperm.
When this tube become inflamed (painful, warm and swollen), it's known asepididymitis.
The cause ofepididymitis isusually an infection, and antibiotics may be needed.It might take several weeks for the symptoms to get better.
If the testicles are also inflamed, it's known asepididymo-orchitis.
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Epididymitis is the inflammation of the epididymis a coiled tube at the back of each testicle that stores and carries sperm.
Epididymitis causes sudden pain in one or both of the testicles. The scrotum will feel tender, warm and swollen. There may be a build-up of fluid around the testicle (a hydrocele), which will feel li
Epididymitis is usually caused by: a sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea , or a urinary tract infection (UTI) UTIs aremuch less common in men than women. In men, a UTI
Your GP will probably need to carry out a physical examination of your groin, to check for signs of inflammation and infection. To find out the underlying cause of the epididymitis, you may need to h
Rest and painkillers If you've been diagnosed with epididymitis, you'll need to rest and take over-the-counter painkillers to manage any pain. Ibuprofen may be recommended, as this also eases the inf