andyh asks:

I am a 14 year old boy, is it normal to get pains in my testicles?

In Topics: Physical development, Physical Health, Teen issues
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Nov 16, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Good question, Andy, and one I would ask your doctor who has examined you and knows best where you are on the five stages of puberty.  testicles need to be 2 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than body temperature to function well which is why the scrotum or sack exists. they should be firm, smooth and painless unless injured, cold, or a recent emission of sperm and semen took place which can result in a temporary discomfort or "pain".  Many boys in puberty develop a swelling of vessels around the testicles--a harmless condition called "varicocele" which can also cause some occasional pain. Get it checked out with your doctor to be on the safe side.

Best wishes.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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