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Aug 28, 2014 — by Larry Lipshultz

A happy couple togetherWhen it comes to men's health concerns, you should consider speaking with Dr. Larry Lipshultz. He has helped countless men throughout the greater Houston area deal with various fertility, infertility, and urology matters. We have successfully treated male infertility and helped patients start families of their own.

As unpleasant as the topic is, trauma to the testicles can lead to male infertility. We want to consider these matters in general detail and outline some safety tips to consider to protect yourself from serious injuries.

Types of Testicular Trauma

There are different kinds of testicular trauma that may be experienced. These include the following:

  • Testicular rupture
  • Testicular fracture
  • Testicular contusion
  • Testicular torsion
  • Testicular dislocation
  • Degloving of the scrotum

Each of these can be very painful and can potentially lead to infertility or decreased fertility.

Causes of Testicular Trauma

The most common causes of testicular trauma include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Auto accidents
  • Cycling accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Assault
  • Industrial accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Improper use of power tools
  • Reckless behavior

How Testicular Trauma Can Cause Male Infertility

There are a number of ways that testicular trauma can lead to male infertility. The most common reasons for it include:

  • Problems with Sperm Production - Scar tissue and other problems with the testicular tissue may result in reduced or halted sperm production.
  • Shrinking of the Testicle - When a testicle shrinks as a result of injury, the sperm count, sperm motility, and general quality of the sperm will often be adversely affected.
  • Loss of a Testicle - In severe injuries, it may not be possible to save a man's testicle, leading to the loss of the testicle and reduced sperm production.

Treating Testicular Trauma and Restoring Fertility

In the vast majority of serious injuries, the best option is to seek immediate medical attention. Emergency surgery is often required for the most severe kinds of testicular injuries. In the case of testicular torsion, for instance, the spermatic cord that secures the testicle becomes wrapped around the testicle, reducing or stopping the blood supply. Immediate surgical treatment is necessary to restore fertility and relieve pain.

When meeting with a doctor about testicular trauma, be sure to provide the exact circumstances of the injury and discuss your symptoms in full detail. This will allow you to undergo the ideal treatment for your needs.

Tips for Preventing Serious Injury to the Testicles

The best way to prevent testicular injury in the case of professional sports is to wear a cup. The use of an athletic supporter will protect the scrotum and testicles from major harm and absorb much of the force of impact in case of blunt trauma.

When it comes to other cases outside of sports, men should use common sense and caution when operating machinery or handling potentially hazardous objects. Make sure belts are kept tucked into loops and that you stand a good distance away from a machine so your clothing does not become snagged. If an industrial site or workplace offers smocks or body protection, be sure to wear this safety attire as advised.

Learn More About Men's Health Treatments

For more information about testicular trauma and how we can help restore your health and fertility in the process, we encourage you to contact our men's health and urology center today. Dr. Larry Lipshultz will determine right treatment given your needs.