How is it treated?

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 inflammation.

It may help to:

  • lie in bed with your scrotum raised
  • wear a scrotal support
  • hold a cold pack to your groin (try a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel)


If the underlying cause is an infection,you mayneed antibiotics .Read about the:

  • treatment of gonorrhoea
  • treatment of chlamydia
  • treatment of a urinary tract infection

If you have gonorrhoea or chlamydia, you'll need to avoid having sex until you and your partner have completed treatment for this.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018