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What’s an undescended testicle?

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Normally, testicles move from the lower belly into the scrotum -- the pouch of skin below the penis -- in the last few months before birth. But sometimes, one or both do not fall into place. This is called an undescended testicle, and it can affect fertility later in life.

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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