Although you’re likely to experience searing, memorable pain from trauma like getting kicked in the balls, there are other reasons you might feel some major hurt down there.
“Testicular pain is so common that it’s likely every guy, at some point in his life, will have experience with it,” says Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., co-director at The PUR Clinic, which specializes in urology and men’s health.
When you feel pain down there, you probably immediately think testicular cancer: But most cases of testicular cancer are painless—and are usually detected through a lump instead, Dr. Brahmbhatt says. And if you’re fearing STDs, you’re more likely to have burning during urination, although some degree of painful testes might be present.
So, then, what is causing your painful balls? Here are some reasons your junk could be in a funk—and when you should get that pain checked out.