Testicular Torsion

11/01/2024

Male reproductive organs

What is testicular torsion?

Testicular torsion is something that 1 in 4000 men under the age of 25 experience every year. It occurs due to the rotation and twisting of the testicle. This causes swelling and eventually cuts off the blood supply to the testicle.

Testicular torsion is an emergency condition and can threaten the life of the organ. It is important that all men are aware of the symptoms of testicular torsion as the earlier it is diagnosed, the more likely it is the testicle can be saved.

What we’re doing to fight testicular torsion

At The Urology Foundation, we recognise the importance of testicular health. We fund a number of studies to improve knowledge and clinical practice. In testicular torsion we funded a project grant in 2020 for a ‘Save the Ball’ campaign, which included the development of educational resources on testicular torsion. More information on the campaign is available here. The following video is courtesy of the Save the Ball campaign and is available here.

Policy change is needed

The Urology Foundation is urging policymakers to consider the inclusion of education on testicular health and self-examination (including testicular torsion) into the national curriculum. Currently, too many school age boys are losing their testes unnecessarily. We believe it is absolutely vital that the signs and symptoms of testicular torsion are taught in school, at the age that males are most likely to experience it. We hope that the outcome will be less school age boys losing their testes unnecessarily.

We’ve been making representations to the government and will continue our campaign to ensure testicular health and self-examination are included on the national curriculum.

How can you support?

Take action today!

  1. Share your story with us – we know it is only through understanding the experiences of people affected by urology diseases, we can take action to drive real change. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences. Find out more about sharing your story here. We have a small team of people who would be delighted to hear from you. Contact us on info@theurologyfoundation.org and we can arrange a convenient time to talk.
  2. Speak out – use hashtags #testiculartorsion to talk about your experiences and encourage others to call for change.
  3. Call on politicians to take action – contact your politicians and call on them to take action on testicular torsion by including testicular health and self-examination (including testicular torsion) into the national curriculum.