Gonads. Rocks. Crown Jewels. Nuts. Whatever you call them, there’s a growing need to get to know your testicles better, and the internet agrees.
Using Google Search data, we looked into the most commonly asked questions when it came to testicular health and asked our in-house medical experts to answer some of them.
Research reveals the following are America’s most googled gonads-related questions, in order of monthly searches.
A common cause of testicle pain can be epididymitis, which is the inflammation of the coiled tubing at the back of the testicle. Brought on by bacterial infection, a blocked urethra, enlarged prostate glands, or groin injury, this can cause pain in either testicle.
Rarer causes of pain in your testicle can be more severe such as testicular cancer. The first sign of testicular cancer is usually a swollen testicle that can be tender. This is why it is really important to see your doctor if you experience this pain.
While we’re not sure why anyone would buy (or sell) a testicle, to us, testicles are worth their weight in gold. That’s because, when it comes to clinical trials, they are a priceless asset for researchers trying to find a cure for testicular cancer.
Following a recent TikTok trend that saw videos of testicles dipped in the most curious substances, thousands of people every month want to know if there are other ways men can taste the rainbow.
Yes, testicles have taste receptors that work in the same way as taste buds. However, unlike the tongue, these buds send messages about the body’s testosterone levels and sperm production to the brain. So they won’t be able to enjoy your mom’s meatloaf in quite the same way!
Finding the root cause of a new lump on testicles is a major concern for many. In short, yes, STDs can be the cause of any new lumps that appear on your testicles. Diseases like gonorrhea or chlamydia can also lead to epididymitis, which can cause a lump and pain.
An imbalance in testicle size isn’t as big a medical anomaly as you might think. While most men have testicles of the same size, it’s very normal for one testicle to be larger than the other. It’s also common for one to hang slightly lower, too.
You will only notice these abnormalities on your testicles if you get to know them well!
Understanding whether it’s normal for one testicle to be larger than the other or a bit misshapen and getting familiar with each lump and bump down there can help you notice when something doesn’t look quite right for you.
So, next time you’re getting into your birthday suit, stand in front of the mirror and get a good look. Take a mental snapshot of your testicles and be proud to know your body for the good of your health.
While there are some interesting searches about testicles, it isn’t all fun and games. Being aware of how your testicles look and feel is vital because it can help you identify early signs of testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in young men worldwide, and it is estimated to cause 460 deaths in the US this year¹. If detected early, testicular cancer is extremely treatable and curable, with upwards of a 97% survival rate after five years of diagnosis.
You can detect testicular cancer early by being aware of the symptoms:
A painless lump or swelling on either testicle
Pain, discomfort, or numbness in a testicle, with or without swelling
Change in the way a testicle feels
Lower back pain
Dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin
Undertaking regular self-checks for suspicious lumps and regularly seeing your primary care doctor. For more information on testicular pain, check out our article: What You Need To Know About Lower Back and Testicle Pain, and learn more about what’s going on down there.
Clinical trials are focussed on developing treatments for advanced testicular cancer with fewer side effects, as well as developing new treatments for rarer types of testicular cancer. All oncology patients should discuss the option of a clinical trial with their treating oncologist.
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