The most common symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite followed by onset of parotitis (swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears -- on one or both sides).
Mumps can lead to hearing loss and aseptic meningitis (an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord) in about 10% of cases. Painful, swollen testicles occur in 20% to 30% of males who have reached puberty (orchitis) -- but rarely does this lead to fertility problems. About 30% of women who have reached puberty can have painful swollen breasts (mastitis) from mumps and, in a very few cases, inflammation of the ovaries.
The good, if not great, news is that the latest advances in infertility treatment have made
it possible for more people than ever before to become parents. The bad news is
that growing numbers of couples may be jumping the gun and seeking infertility treatments without giving Mother Nature a
chance. Infertility treatments, such as drugs that stimulate
ovulation, are not without their risks -- namely a risk of multiple
pregnancies, which can be dangerous for moms and babies.