When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Sudden, severe testicle pain can be a sign of testicular torsion — a twisted testicle that can quickly lose its blood supply. This condition requires immediate medical treatment to prevent loss of the testicle. Testicular torsion can occur in males of any age, although it is more common in children and young adolescents.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have:

  • Sudden, severe testicle pain
  • Testicle pain accompanied by nausea, fever, chills or blood in your urine

Schedule a doctor's visit if you have

  • Mild testicle pain lasting longer than a few days
  • A lump or swelling in or around a testicle

Self-care

These measures may help relieve mild testicle pain:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), unless your doctor has given you other instructions. Never give aspirin to your child without talking to a doctor first.
  • Support the scrotum with an athletic supporter. Use a folded towel for support when you're lying down.
Apr. 10, 2014