They are perhaps one of the most ill-protected parts of the body, but unless suffering from the after effects of injury you likely don't give much thought on how to protect your testicles on a day to day basis. The fact is that every day there is a multitude of threats, physical and otherwise, that put your testicles in harm's path. Naturally the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of protecting his testicles, would be protecting them from some sort of trauma such as what would occur while playing sports, play wrestling with your girlfriend or during an actual physical altercation. What most men don't consider is the fact that their testicles are vulnerable to other factors such as testicular cancer, sexually contracted diseases or infections that have gotten out of hand. Knowing how to protect your testicles means taking preventative measures and staying aware of your body and what you do with it.
- Protect yourself during sports. When playing sports or other rough contact sports be sure to wear the correct supportive gear that can help protect your testicles from harm.
- Wear a condom during sex. Protective gear is important for other things than just sports. It's been said and said again, so you already know the importance of wearing a condom during intercourse. Going without protection is one of the greatest ways to put your testicles at risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease such as Chlamydia. Chlamydia in turn can cause Epididymitis, a painful inflammation of the ducts from which sperm leaves the testicles.
- Do a testicular self exam. If anyone in your family has or has had testicular cancer, you already know how important it is to protect your testicles by performing self examinations. If you are not sure if you're at risk, talk with your physician during your next physical exam and ask if and how you should perform a testicular self exam.
- Keep 'em cool. If sperm count and having children matters, protect your testicles by keeping them from overheating. Choose boxers over briefs, keep warm laptops from resting on your lap for long periods of time and if you're into it, try to keep the hot tubbing to a minimum.
Tips & Warnings:
See a doctor if you have pain or swelling for over an hour after any trauma to your testicles.
Always call your doctor if you notice any unusual changes to your testicles.