The majority of cases are in male babies born prematurely. Undescended testicles move down on their own in about half of these babies by the time they’re 6 months old. If they don’t, it’s important to get treatment. The testicles make and store sperm, and if they don’t descend they could become damaged.
What happens if babies balls don’t drop?
A testicle that does not drop into the correct place in the scrotum could become damaged. This could lead to infertility (not being able to have children) later in life or to other medical problems.
Is it possible for your balls to never drop?
Undescended testes occur when one or both testicles don’t drop down into the scrotum before birth. Also called cryptorchidism, this is the most common birth defect of the male genitals, affecting one out of every 125 baby boys. The condition is more common in premature and low-birth weight babies.
What does it mean when a man’s balls don’t drop?
An undescended testicle (cryptorchidism) is a testicle that hasn’t moved into its proper position in the bag of skin hanging below the penis (scrotum) before birth. Usually just one testicle is affected, but about 10 percent of the time both testicles are undescended.
What are the consequences of undescended testis?
Men with an undescended testicle are more likely to develop an inguinal hernia. This causes their intestine to push out through a weakened area in their abdominal wall. Only surgery can correct this painful condition. Undescended testicles are also a risk factor for testicular cancer, even when they’re corrected.
Why do my balls retract when I get hard?
The cause of testicular retraction is an overactive cremaster muscle. This thin muscle contains a pocket in which the testicle rests. When the cremaster muscle contracts, it pulls the testicle up into groin. This response is normal in males.
How do you know if your baby’s balls are undescended?
In a baby affected by undescended testicles, one or both of his testicles either appear to be missing or cannot be felt in the scrotum. If both testicles are undescended, the scrotum will look unusually small and flat. If only one testicle is affected, the scrotum may look lopsided.
When should an undescended testicle be corrected?
Your surgeon will likely recommend doing the surgery when your son is about 6 months old and before he is 12 months old. Early surgical treatment appears to lower the risk of later complications. In some cases, the testicle might be poorly developed, abnormal or dead tissue.
Can one testicle get a woman pregnant?
Yes, in most cases, people with one testicle can get someone pregnant. Remember, one testicle can provide enough testosterone for you to get an erection and ejaculate. This is also enough to produce adequate sperm for fertilization.
What is the fluid in your balls?
A hydrocele (HI-droe-seel) is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle. Hydrocele is common in newborns and usually disappears without treatment by age 1. Older boys and adult men can develop a hydrocele due to inflammation or injury within the scrotum.