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How does undescended testicle affect fertility?

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To make healthy sperm, testicles need to stay a few degrees cooler than the rest of the body. That’s why they normally rest in the scrotum, which hangs just far enough down that it’s not quite as warm.

An undescended testicle stays up in the body, so it has a higher temperature. That causes a lower sperm count and quality, decreasing a man’s chances of being able to fertilize a woman’s egg and father a child.

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: “What Are Undescended Testicles (Cryptorchidism)?”

NHS: “Undescended Testicles.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Undescended Testicle.”

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Family and Parent Resource Center: “Undescended Testis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Undescended Testicle.”

PubMed: “Undescended testicle: An update on fertility in cryptorchid men.”

Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital: “Undescended Testicle (Testis): Cryptorchidism.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Undescended Testicles.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: “What Is an Undescended Testicle?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: “What Are Undescended Testicles (Cryptorchidism)?”

NHS: “Undescended Testicles.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Undescended Testicle.”

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Family and Parent Resource Center: “Undescended Testis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Undescended Testicle.”

PubMed: “Undescended testicle: An update on fertility in cryptorchid men.”

Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital: “Undescended Testicle (Testis): Cryptorchidism.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Undescended Testicles.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: “What Is an Undescended Testicle?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 10, 2018

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