One of my testicles feels bigger than the other after my vasectomy. Is this normal?

My vasectomy was two weeks ago.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (1)


Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

The operative word in this question is "feels." If a man has the sensation that a testicle is swollen there are a couple of scenarios. It may be indeed swollen and this could be a hematoma (collection of blood) or an infection most probably epididymits. The former no treatment is necessary in the latter you'd need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. Having said this the most common reason for the sensation that a testicle is bigger is not that it is bigger but due to the changes that occur after a vasectomy the testicle "feels" bigger. In the shower you can easily feel and compare the testicles and if they measure out about the same then it confirms this point. As with anything of concern the default action is to see your urologist. This visit if you make it is usually done at no cost to you as it is commonly covered by the initial cost of the vasectomy.

Published on Jul 25, 2017

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

The operative word in this question is "feels." If a man has the sensation that a testicle is swollen there are a couple of scenarios. It may be indeed swollen and this could be a hematoma (collection of blood) or an infection most probably epididymits. The former no treatment is necessary in the latter you'd need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. Having said this the most common reason for the sensation that a testicle is bigger is not that it is bigger but due to the changes that occur after a vasectomy the testicle "feels" bigger. In the shower you can easily feel and compare the testicles and if they measure out about the same then it confirms this point. As with anything of concern the default action is to see your urologist. This visit if you make it is usually done at no cost to you as it is commonly covered by the initial cost of the vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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