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Whittall Street Clinic is featured in Channel 4's new programme ‘The Sex Clinic’, starts 10pm Thursday 11th April.
New Rapid HIV Testing clinic at St Martin’s in the Bullring
Now open every Tuesday 11.00am - 3.15pm - no appointment needed.
The clinic is located upstairs in the St Martin’s Centre for Health & Healing next to the Church in the Bullring. Entrance to the clinic is via St Martin’s church shop.
Epididymo-orchitis is the inflammation of the epididymis and testicles. It is caused by spread of bacterial infection. The most common infections in young men are chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
- Painful scrotal swelling
- Testicular pain
- Painful swelling of the groin in the affected area
- Pain on urination
- Pain on ejaculation
- Discharge from urethra (tip of penis)
- Low grade fever
How is epididymo-orchitis diagnosed?
Physical examination of the testicles by an experienced doctor can lead to diagnosis. Testicular ultrasound can also help in diagnosis of epididymo-orchitis. All patients should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
What is the treatment of epididymo-orchitis?
Treatment is with oral antibiotics for an average of two weeks. Patients should be followed up after two weeks. They should not have sex until the doctor confirms that the inflammation has resolved and the partner(s) are treated for chlamydia.
Once epididymoorchitis has been treated, it will not re-occur unless you have unprotected sex with someone with untreated chlamydia infection. This is why it is important to treat your partner(s) for chlamydia as well. This will help you avoid being re-infected.
What are the complications of untreated epididymo-orchitis?
Untreated epididymo-orchitis can lead to chronic epididymo-orchitis (when persistent testicular inflammation leads to recurring testicular pain), testicular abscess (pus collection within the testicle) or testicular atrophy (testicular shrinkage).
Protect yourself from epididymo-orchitis by using condoms every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.