What Does It Mean When One Testicle Hangs Lower Than the Other?

What Does It Mean When One Testicle Hangs Lower Than the Other?

One testicle hanging lower or being larger than the other testicle in males is a normal condition, according to WebMD. A painful or swollen testicle may indicate an infection, a hydrocele, varicocele, inguinal hernia or testicular torsion, a condition that requires immediate medical attention. Similarly, since a hard, painless lump on an enlarged or swollen testicle with a heavy sensation in the groin may point to testicular cancer, this needs medical evaluation.

Testicles are oval-shaped male sex organs, 1 inch wide and 2 to 3 inches long, located in a sac behind the penis, explains WebMD. They produce millions of sperm a day and store it. They also produce testosterone, a hormone that the body uses for development during puberty.

While testicular cancer only accounts for 1 percent of cancers in men, it is the leading cause of cancer-related death among men in their 20s and 30s, according to the McKinley Health Center. Caucasian men and men with a history of undescended testicles are most at risk. Since early detection may cure 90 percent of those affected, doctors recommend that men perform the testicular self-examination, or TSE, once a month to search for lumps. Not all lumps on testicles are cancerous, and a doctor can determine this through testing.