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My 10 year old son experiences a dull achy pain in both

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My 10 year old son experiences a dull achy pain in both testicles usually every time after swimming, but only once in a while after taking a hot shower. What could be the reasoning behind this?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 11 months ago.

Hi,

As such it is ideal to examine the testicles and to rule out any associated swelling and to further refer the child to radiologist for ultrasound of testicles and whole abdomen.Strain of inner thigh muscles and lower abdomen could radiate to testicles and cause pain.

This can be psychological also if relevant investigations are normal.

Expert:  Chris C. replied 11 months ago.

This is not at all uncommon and quite normal. All men have this and the reason for this is to maintain temperature. In younger males this can cause some discomfort as they move towards the body to increase their temp. This is the same reason the penis will reduce in size in cold water. The testicles are suspended in the scrotum which serves as a temperature regulating organ. When the testicular temperature is elevated the scrotum expands increasing the distance of the testicles from the body thus lowering temperature. Conversely, when the temperature of the testicles drops, the scrotum contracts drawing them closer to the body.

Factors that tend to increase the testicular temperature, such as prolonged sitting in hot tubs or showers would cause them to drop lower. In the developing male this is uncomfortable but normal. Just to be sure there is no strain a simple check-up would be in order but likely result in an explanation of the body simply regulating temperature. As boys develop into men these "aches" and the normal almost constant movement of the scrotum/testicles passes.