Sperms are produced in the testicular follicles in the testes and stored in a long tube called the epididymis. This tube is narrow and runs from the testes and opens into the urethra, ahead of the prostate gland. Occasionally, one or more fluid filled cysts may develop close to the testicles, which are referred to as epididymal cysts.
Currently insights into the reason for the development of cysts is not well understood, though in some cases it has been linked to over production or stagnation due to lack of ejaculation. In some cases, infections can also lead to the formation of these cysts. In most cases, epididymal cysts don’t impact the fertility of an individual and in most cases is not considered to be a risk factor for development of testicular cancer.
Symptoms Of Epididymal Cysts
In most cases, epididymal cysts are painless lumps around the testicles and can be easily differentiated from the testicles during self examination.
In most cases, physical examination by a medical professional will help confirm the diagnosis for the condition. Occasionally investigations may be performed which include sonography or FNAC to confirm the diagnosis.
Prevention And Natural Cure For Epididymal Cysts
In most cases, no treatment is required to deal with epididymal cysts. However there are some simple home based treatment options that might prove useful,
- Some experts recommend regular masturbation to help release of accumulated sperms. This prevents the enlargement of the cysts and also prevents secondary infections due to prolonged stagnation. On the other hand, excessive masturbation may be associated with higher risk of cyst formation. Experts recommend that ejaculating two to four times in a week is considered safe and ideal.
- Avoid wearing tight undergarments. Tight undergarments reduce the production of sperms which in turn can result in formation of cysts in the testicles and epididymis.
- Take adequate precautions to prevent urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections may spread and result in epididymis infections, which can act as triggers or aggravate existing cysts. Drink adequate amount of water and maintain urethral hygiene.
- Pumpkin seeds are good to prevent the formation of cysts in the testes. Boil the seeds in warm water and consume them when hot.
- Tomatoes are also linked with lower risk of formation of cysts. Tomatoes contain lycopenes which are antioxidants that prevent tissue damage and prevent infections.
- Homeopathy can be used effectively in treatment of cysts. Phytollaca and Sepia are two drugs that are useful to deal with cysts in endocrinal organs. These remedies should be taken in dosages as recommended by the homeopath. Regular follow-up with your doctor is essential to review the progress in improvement of the condition.
In conditions that can’t be treated with home remedies, surgical intervention is inevitable. In most cases, surgery is performed under local anesthesia and the complete recovery takes about 7 to 10 days. Surgical removal, though successful, may be frequently associated with relapse or recurrence of cysts.