Testicles usually have a lower temperature than the rest of the body, but can tight underwear and pants cause a temperature rise, resulting in lower sperm counts and an increased risk of testicular cancer? Doctors answer:
This condition worsens when symptoms such as a sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum and pain or discomfort in a testicle or scrotum begin to show signs of early testicular cancer. Health experts believe there is an urgent need to address this and renew fashion and approach by putting men’s health first.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. J Harikishan, Senior General Physician at Hyderabad’s Kamineni Hospitals: “Men who wear tight or ill-fitting pants, which are restrictive around the groin area, can harm their health. Wearing close-fitting clothing for extended periods can lead to urinary tract infections leading to bladder overactivity – a form of bladder weakness, as well as low sperm count and yeast infections.”
He shared that the exact cause of testicular cancer is unknown and any man can develop it, but it’s more common in men born with an undescended or incompletely undescended testicle or testicles. Continuing the same, Dr. Nitin Yashas, Consultant – Medical Oncology at Manipal Hospital in Sarjapur and Jayanagar, ex: “Testicular cancer usually presents with unilateral swelling of the scrotum.”
He added: “Some of the risk factors associated with testicular cancer are cryptorchidism – a congenital condition in which the testes would not have descended into the scrotal sac. It is also noted that people with a family history of testicular cancer, particularly men who have a brother or father has been diagnosed with testicular cancer are at increased risk Other risk factors include HIV infection and certain genetic conditions such as Down syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome There is no proven high-level scientific evidence that tight jeans or tight clothes increase the risk of testicular cancer. It is very important that men seek immediate attention when they notice swelling of the testicles. Treatment of testicular cancer is associated with very high cure rates.”