Undescended Testicle: Fertility Problems
Men who have or have had an Reference undescended testicle Opens New Window are more likely to have problems with the reproductive system that may cause them to be unable to father a child (Reference infertility Opens New Window).
Most doctors believe that early diagnosis and treatment for an undescended testicle improves chances for fertility in adulthood. Generally, doctors recommend surgical treatment to place the testicle in the scrotum by age 1 and no later than age 2. The location of the undescended testicle and the boy's age when he is treated influence the outcome. Boys who have one undescended testicle that is just above the scrotum or low in the Reference inguinal canal Opens New Window are more likely to be fertile than boys who have two undescended testicles that are high in the inguinal canal or in the abdomen.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 1, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology