April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

By |2018-05-15T18:46:49+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Balls, Featured, Men's Health|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

We believe that an open and empowered male culture  results in more proactivity around health and preventative self-care.  Where better to start than with testicular care?  Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men between the ages of 15-44 and you catch the signs of cancer soon enough and take action, it is virtually curable. Self-checks are relatively easy to do and can help you catch testicular cancer and other testicular conditions early.

How to check yourself for testicular cancer

1) First, take a warm shower. When you’re done, dry off properly and stand in front of the mirror. The best time to examine yourself is when your scrotum is relaxed. Check for any swelling or soreness around the scrotal area.

2) It is essential to check for lumps and bumps in both testicles. Take your index and middle finger under your testical with your thumbs placed on top. Gently roll your fingers around the area. This is the best way to tell if you have any irregularities in the testicle. Keep in mind, it is totally normal for one testicle to hang lower than the other, and they should feel smooth, firm but not hard.

3) Find the epididymis, is the part behind the testicles where the sperm is sent through to the vas deferens. If you are informed about this, you won’t mistaken this for a lump.

4) If you notice any differences, make sure to contact your doctor immediately. While a vast majority of lumps are not cancerous, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t be hesitant to self examine. When you’re armed with the correct knowledge and know what to lookout for, it can easily become a regular part of your routine.

Know the facts: Key information about testicular cancer

TC has a wide variety of treatment options and depending on your stage, full recovery is possible. To help you better understand, we’ve created a concise and digestible graphic that provides clarity on TC, and pinpoints the most important information.

Hims testicular cancer sexual health infographic

How does testicular cancer impact your sex life?

If you are affected by TC, treatment will vary depending on the stage at which it was detected. In rare cases, if both testicles are removed and you would like to have children, it is often recommended that you preserve your sperm at this point for the future. Often after surgery, you can experience a loss in your libido, which prevents having an erection sustainable for sex. This is totally normal and is something else that can be dealt with. Hims, a telemedicine company, prescribes Sildenafil (generic Viagra), which helps to relax blood vessels and increase blood flow to the penis, which allows you to hold an erection for an extended period of time. They set you up with online doctors, so after answering a few questions, it will discreetly arrive at your home.

Don’t wait for signs of Testicular Cancer to show up on their own. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible and know what to look for. The route to treatment vastly depends on the stage at which the cancer is found. Start taking care of yourself by performing monthly checks and being hyper aware of your sexual health moving forward.


Sara SDx

Sara SDx

Editor of Don't Cook your Balls, Co-Founder of TrakFertility.com, Health Coach and Men's Health Advocate. Passionate about sperm, men's health and helping people build their families.

14 Comments

  1. Waqar June 7, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Hi madam please advice me about my seman analysis.
    Volume…..4ml
    Consistently…gelatinous
    Colour…light yellow
    Liquification time…>60min
    Sprem count…144ml
    Sperm motality …20%
    Sperm morphology..39%

    • Sara SDx
      Sara SDx June 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Looks healthy

  2. Tanmoy Roy May 15, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Hii Sara, My semen analysis reports are as follows :
    1.Volume : 2.5 ml (3days of abstinence)
    2.Appearance : Thread Like
    3.Viscosity : Slightly increased
    4.Reaction (PH) : Alkaline 7.5
    5.Liquefaction : Incomplete
    6.Time to liquefy : not happened within 60 mins
    7.Sperm Count / ml : 48.00 millions / ml
    8.Total Count in Ejaculate : 120.00 millions / Ejaculate
    9.Motility at 30 min. :
    a) Rapid Progression : 20%
    b) Slow Progression : 35%
    c) Non-Progression : 20%
    d) Immotile : 25%
    10.Motility at 1 Hour
    a) Rapid Progression : 20%
    b) Slow Progression : 30%
    c) Non Progression : 10%
    d) Immotile : 40%
    11.Motility at 2 Hr.
    a) Rapid Progression : 10%
    b) Slow Progression : 30%
    c) Non-Progression : 10%
    d) Immotile : 50%

    12.Vitality (%) : > 50%
    13.Agglutination : Grade- III
    14.Morphology (%)
    a) Normal : 60%
    b) Abnormal : 40%
    c) Head Defects : 15%
    d) Midpiece Defects : 10%
    e) Tail Defects : 15%
    f) Cytoplasmic Droplets : 00%

    15.Pus cells : 2-3 / hpf
    16. Epithelial cells : Occasional
    17.RBCs : 0-2 / hpf
    18. Round Cells : 1-2 / hpf

    Now tell me what’s wrong with my semen??…. What should I do to have a baby….. any particular food that may help to recover naturally…. Please reply….. waiting for your kind cooperation…..

    • Sara SDx
      Sara SDx May 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      These numbers look ok. Are you having trouble? How long have you been trying?

  3. Raju April 24, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Am taking Ashwagandha powder an ayurvedic medicine to increase sperm count…

  4. Raju April 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Hello Madam,
    Please advise me regarding the semen analysis done 15 days back…
    Age…29
    Height ..6.0
    Volume of valuation..1ml
    Odour.. seminiferous
    Liquifaction..30mins
    Count 28.6 millions per ml
    Motility…50 to 60 percent are actively
    Sluggish..10 to 20
    Morphology…60 to 70 percent
    Pinhead 10 to 20 percent
    Requesting your kind observation and opinion..

    • Sara SDx
      Sara SDx April 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Generally, it is ok. I like to see numbers a little higher but this should be fine for conception.

      • Raju April 25, 2018 at 4:22 am

        Thank you madam for your valuable words…

        Madam, is it ok with ayurvedic Ashwagandha powder to increase sperm count…

        • Sara SDx
          Sara SDx April 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

          It looks like it is ok to take ayurvedic Ashwagandha powder

      • Raju April 25, 2018 at 4:26 am

        I really want to thank you madam…
        This blog and app.is really very helpful you madam for your valuable words…

        Madam, is it ok with ayurvedic Ashwagandha powder to increase sperm count…

  5. Belhoul April 22, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hi doc, hope doing good.
    This is my SA report….

    Days absent: 4 days
    Volume: 3.5ml
    Color: whitish
    Viscosity: normal
    Reaction: alkaline
    Liquefaction time: normal within 30 minutes

    Pus cells: 1-2/hpf
    RBC: Nil
    Epithelial cells: Nil

    Sperm Mortility %
    Active 1/2 hour: 45, 1hour: 45, 2hours: 40
    Slug: 1/2 hour: 05, 1 hour: 05, 2hours: 05
    Non motile: 1/2 hour: 50, 1 hour: 50, 2hour: 55

    Sperm Morphology
    Normal form: 70%
    Abnormal form: 30%

    Sperm count: 160 millions/ml

    Question: is this report help me for natural pregnancy. How is my report.

    Note: I have grade 1 varicocele also.

    Waiting for your reply… thanks in advance

    • Sara SDx
      Sara SDx April 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      You should be fine for natural pregnancy. If you don’t get pregnant in like 6-9 months, then maybe re-test.

  6. peter April 19, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Good day ma my Appearance: viscous, opaque and creamy white. Volume: 2.5mls. Motility 25%, spermatozoa count 13.0 × 10^6 ml, dead spermatozoa 75%, spermatozoa with abnormal h/t 16%, pus cells 2-3. Can i pregnant my wife?

    • Sara SDx
      Sara SDx April 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      This is a borderline result. You may be able to impregnate your wife but it may take a long time. I’d recommend getting this app to see if there are things you can do to improve your sperm count.

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