Can Bodybuilding Cause Epididymitis?

epididymitisThere are many things that bodybuilding can do, and there are other things that it certainly cannot do.

Many, many people believe that lifting weights can cause a condition called epididymitis, but this is not the case. Here, you’ll learn about epididymitis, its causes, its symptoms, and its treatment.

What Is Epididymitis?

Epididymitis is the term used to describe a condition associated with the inflammation of the epididymis. This is a tube found behind the testicles that stores and carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra. Epididymitis occurs when the tube becomes swollen and inflamed, which causes pain and swelling in the testicles.

The pain and swelling ranges from very mild to quite severe in advanced cases. It can affect men of any age, but it is most common in adults under the age of 35. It is caused by bacteria, most commonly from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like chlamydia or gonorrhea.

What are the Symptoms?

There are many different things that point toward a diagnosis of epididymitis, but not all men will experience all of the symptoms, and those who experience symptoms do so in different degrees of severity. The symptoms include:

  • Low-grade fever;
  • Chills;
  • Pain and tenderness in the testicles;
  • A feeling of pressure in the testicles;
  • Pelvic pain;
  • Warmth with or without redness in the scrotum;
  • Blood in semen;
  • Urgency to urinate;
  • Frequent urination;
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin area; and
  • Abnormal or unusual discharge from the penis.

Who Is at Risk?

The vast majority of men who get epididymitis are sexually active and under the age of 35. Men who have more sexual partners or who have unprotected sex are at higher risk than those who have fewer partners and wear condoms.

In a handful of cases, epididymitis may be caused by non-STD related infections, such as urinary tract or prostate infections. Men who are uncircumcised, who have tuberculosis, who have experienced recent groin injury, or who have an enlarged prostate are also at higher risk for contracting this condition.

Finally, a specific heart medication called amiodarone has been linked to epididymitis.

Bodybuilding and Testicular Pain

Testicular pain isn’t uncommon in bodybuilders, but it is not the cause of epididymitis. In fact, bodybuilders who experience testicular pain often have hernias, which occur when organs (usually the intestines) protrude through the groin muscle and into the testicle.

Other causes of testicular pain include cancer or benign cysts, though both of these are very rare. If you’re a bodybuilder and you experience pain in your testicles, be sure to see a physician right away as hernias can and often do worsen over time.

Simply put, while epididymitis can certainly occur in bodybuilders, Bodybuilding is never the cause.

This condition is caused by an infection of some sort and the inflammation of the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra. More often, the pain that bodybuilders experience is related to a hernia, which is a fairly common injury.

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