At the back of each testicle is a coiled tubecalled the epididymis that stores and carries sperm.

When this tube become inflamed (painful, warm and swollen), it's known asepididymitis.

The cause ofepididymitis isusually an infection, and antibiotics may be needed.It might take several weeks for the symptoms to get better.

If the testicles are also inflamed, it's known asepididymo-orchitis.

This page offers moreinformation about epididymitis, covering:

  • what are the symptoms?
  • why did I develop it?
  • how is it diagnosed?
  • howis ittreated?
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 24 Nov 2016