What does epididymis feel like?
At the top and to the back of each testis is the epididymis (this stores the sperm).
This feels like a soft swelling attached to the testis; it can be quite tender if you press it firmly.
Leading from the epididymis is the vas deferens.
You can feel each vas deferens at each side at the back and top of the scrotum.
How long does epididymitis take to heal?
It can sometimes take several weeks for the soreness or discomfort to go away completely. Most epididymitis cases clear up within 3 months. However, more invasive treatment may be needed in some cases.
How do you test for epididymitis?
To diagnose epididymitis, the doctor will do a physical exam, and will examine the scrotum to look for a tender area or lump. The doctor may also order a urinalysis (urine test) to look for bacteria in the urine. In some cases, doctors use an imaging test called an ultrasound to examine the scrotum.
What causes epididymitis to flare up?
Flare-ups can be caused by not killing all the bacteria the first time, often by stopping antibiotics when symptoms go away rather than taking them for the entire time recommended. What appear to be flare-ups can also simply be a reinfection.