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Worried about testicular lump

20 Aug 2019 03:23



Around about 10 months ago I discovered a small lump on my left testical, for the past couple of months I’ve been trying to not worry about it too much due to the symptoms and my tendency to freak out over small things but it’s been giving me really bad anxiety ever since I found it so I thought I’d share it on here to see what others have to say. The lump itself is about the size of half a grain of rice, it’s not rock solid but definitely isn’t soft, it hasn’t grown in size since I found it (at least not enough for me to notice) ,the lump isn’t completely attached to the testical as I can move it around and when my testical contracts (like when you cough and it goes upward) I can feel the lump go right next to the epididymis, sometimes the lump even disappears for days and then I’ll randomly find it sitting on the side or top of my testical. I’ve had no swelling or dull pains apart from ones caused by me checking the area too much due to the anxiety it gives me, when I let the area rest for a bit I have no pain or discomfort. The lump isn’t completely round, it has an odd shape that I can’t exactly make out due to the size, I can sometimes see that it looks like the lump is sitting on a vein or something but I’m sure it’s not attached to a fixed place on the testical itself. I’m 16 and have no family history of testicular cancer that I know of. I know that I should go see a doctor so they can check it out but I’m anxious about telling my dad about it. It’s got to the point now where I can’t go a day without checking at least once and the anxiety is mentally draining, if you could let me know what you think it could be or leave some advice I’d really appreciate it. 

Worried about testicular lump

20 Aug 2019 06:55 in response to p112

Hello p112,

Sorry to hear about your anxiety regarding the small lump you found on your left testicle. I had a near identical situation and did follow up with my GP about this. What you seem to describe is a spermatocoele, which are very common cysts. These are usually found near the epididymis and can at times reoccur. They are benign and should be nothing the worry about. They do not affect you sexually in any way and again, are quite common.

I would advise going to your gp as a formality anyway, but am sure you have nothing to worry about.

And note that there is nothing that needs to be done if this is the case, it may persist for some time, but may resolve on its own.

All the best,