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What is an undescended testicle?
Undescended testicles are common in male babies. Up to 30 percent of boys born early and 3 percent to 5 percent of boys born on time have at least one undescended testicle. If your newborn baby has an undescended testicle, it will usually move down on its own in the first few months of life. If this doesn't happen after 3 or 4 months, it may need to be treated by a doctor.
How will I know if my baby has an undescended testicle?
Why does an undescended testicle have to be treated?
Second, an undescended testicle is more likely to develop a tumor. Testicular cancer affects one of every 2,000 men with undescended testicles. This rate of testicular cancer is higher than the rate in men whose testicles have dropped naturally. When the testicle is inside the scrotum, a man can easily feel his testicles to check for a tumor, or he can be checked by his doctor. This way, any tumor can be found early, when the cancer is easier to cure.
How is an undescended testicle treated?
Another treatment is a hormone called hCG. Your doctor might give your child hCG in a shot. HCG helps the testicles make male hormones. A higher level of male hormones might move the testicle down into the scrotum.
If you are an adult with an undescended testicle, moving the testicle to the scrotum probably won't improve your ability to make sperm. So, in adult men an undescended testicle is usually just removed. If you are an older man with an undescended testicle, your doctor can help you decide what to do.