Q. Is it possible to stay sexually active with one testis?



Hi doctor,

I am 31 years old. I can remember that since I was about 11, my left testicle has always been high up in my scrotum. When I look down at my genitals, I cannot see my right testicle. But, my left one is clearly visible and starts at the same position next to my penis. I understand that one testicle is normally higher than the other, but this is abnormal. It also feels stuck in position. Why?





Welcome to dr.sitehome.info.

I had gone through all the data you have posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • Normally, right testis remain little higher up than the left, but in your case it is a little higher up.
  • During the process of formation, testes are formed inside the abdomen; they start descending down and reach the bottom of the scrotum. It can get arrested at any point.
  • Descent is important as testis cannot produce sperm at higher temperatures in the abdomen and so it stays out.
  • So, you have mild cryptorchidism (undescended testis). Do you have this since childhood or recent origin?
  • If it is very high up means not in the scrotum, then we surgically place it down. But, I think it is not necessary in your case.
  • If you do not have any problem now and if it is present since young age, then leave it and do not worry about it.
  • If it was of recent origin or you have any problem now, then kindly consult a urologist, we may also need an ultrasound scan.

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