How is it diagnosed?

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 have:

  • atest forgonorrhea and chlamydia , where a narrow swabis insertedinto your penis to collect asample of discharge
  • urine and blood tests
  • a rectal examination , where your GP inserts a gloved finger into your bottom, to see if there's a problem with your prostate gland
  • an ultrasound , to rule out testicular torsion (a medical emergency where the testicle becomes twisted)
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018