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Epididymitis - Affects The Male Reproductive System

Dated: 08 Jul 2020

Epididymitis is a condition in the "epididymis" of the male reproductive part. Let us find out more about this part.

What is Epididymis?

The epididymis is a coiled long tube that starts behind each of the testes and ends up behind the ejaculatory duct. It is a curved structure behind each testis. It transports sperms from the testis to the duct.

What is Epididymitis exactly?

Epididymitis- affects the male reproductive system and it's a condition when the epididymis of the reproductive system has inflammation. This is caused by the bacteria or it can be transmitted sexually. In some adverse cases, not only the epididymis but the testis also get inflamed. This kind of condition is called "epididymal-orchitis". Generally, the cause of the problem and whether testes are inflamed or not can be identified.

The problem can be acute or chronic. It depends on the duration of the disease and its severity. This is a very common condition. In the USA, almost 600,000 new people face this problem every year. The causes of the disease are bacterial infection and STDs, this makes a very large population at the risk of this condition. People aged between 14-35 are the most vulnerable ones.


Causes of this condition can be many but the ones generally found are bacterial infection and STDs. Some other causes include twisting of the epididymis, urine flowing back, tuberculosis, injury to the groin, anatomical imperfections, bladder problems, kidney problems, etc.


Some of the symptoms include:

  • Pain in testes
  • Inflammation of testes
  • More frequent urination
  • Discharge from penis
  • Scrotum turning red
  • Pain in testes when they are raised
  • It burns when you urinate
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Swollen scrotum and warm scrotum
  • Traces of blood in the semen

Apart from these common symptoms, there can be some other symptoms too. If anything with the reproductive system does not feel right, it's better to consult a doctor.

Can this condition be avoided?

Prevention is better than to be cured and this condition can be prevented very easily. There are some common and easy preventions including:

  • Stay hydrated and drink enough water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice safe sex
  • Never hold your urine for long
  • Circumcision can reduce the risk

Apart from these precautions, following a simple routine and eating a healthy diet can help too.

What should you do if you have it?

Never do anything on your own. If you feel like you are facing these issues, the best you can do is consult a doctor and do as the doctor says. It is very highly recommended to avoid self-medication or self-treatment. Let a doctor diagnose the problem and guide you accordingly. In many cases when a person feels he is facing this condition is not facing it. The cause of the symptoms can be something else.

No condition can be very harmful. Everything can be cured. It is always advised to stay calm and just go to a doctor.