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Most often cancerous testicular lumps are not painful – only between 20 and 27% of people with testicular cancer will complain of pain. Some people do feel a dragging sensation in the scrotum, but others notice no pain or tenderness.
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is enlarged testis, with a solid firm swelling that can be detected when pressed.
If you discover a lump, it's best to see a doctor as soon as you can – even if it’s not painful. Testicular cancer is easier to treat when it's picked up early. It’s also worth remembering that there are lots of causes of testicular lumps and cancer is not common.
Usually oral antifungal medication is safe to use and causes no side effects, but it’s stronger than topical antifungals are, so speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice on how to get and use these medicines safely. It’s important to check with a pharmacist or doctor before you take an antifungal pill if you’re using other medicines, as some medicines interact badly with antifungals and can cause side effects. Speak to them too about any medical conditions or allergies you have, or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. If you’re elderly, it’s also best to speak to a doctor before taking antifungal pills.
As you get further into your pregnancy, your baby is developing and the chances of it being able to survive in the world increase by the day. But giving birth at 25 weeks means your baby would still be extremely premature and there are more risks that things can go wrong. In this case, if your baby is born alive it would need intensive care in hospital for several months, but even then, not all babies survive.
Some liver cleanses claim to break down body fat, improve liver function or ‘flush’ harmful toxins out of your system, but there’s no evidence to suggest that liver cleanses can actually improve fatty liver disease.
If you want to improve fatty liver, try doing more exercise or giving up smoking. Both actions are medically recognised ways to improve fatty liver disease.
It’s unlikely that having an abortion will affect your chances of getting pregnant again. A very rare exception may be if you develop an infection in your womb during the procedure. If the infection isn’t treated quickly, it could spread to your ovaries and fallopian tubes, and develop into PID.
Yes, anxiety can cause a number of physical symptoms, like numbness or tingling of your face, arms, hands, legs or feet – especially at the peak of anxiety or when having a panic attack. However, there can be many other reasons for numbness on one side of the body, so see a doctor if you develop this symptom.
There’s no evidence to suggest that a vasectomy will affect your sex drive or sexual performance. After surgery, you may have side effects like bruising of the skin around your testicles (scrotum), swelling and mild pain or discomfort. It will take about a week or so for you to fully heal and for the side effects to go away, which may stop you from having sex – but this won’t affect your libido in the long term. Read more about when you can have sex after a vasectomy.
This depends on the type of cancer you have – not all men become infertile after cancer treatment. Any impact that cancer treatment may have on your fertility depends on the type and dose of chemotherapy or radiation treatment, whether you’ve had surgery (especially if it’s needed in the pelvic or testicular area), your age and your level of fertility before treatment. Some cancer drugs may also be more likely to cause infertility than others. This means that your fertility may be affected temporarily and recover after your treatment is finished, or the effect may be permanent. Before you start your treatment, your doctor will discuss any possible effects on fertility with you and may discuss collecting and storing your sperm before starting treatment.
If sex is forceful, or in a position that leads to very deep penetration, it may cause some bleeding, especially if you don’t have enough lubrication. However, you should still discuss any bleeding with a doctor. Remember that deep or rough sex should always be agreed to. If you’re uncomfortable or bleed because of deep sex, try a different position or more gentle sex.