why do my testicles go up inside my body

Dear Ball in hiding? ,
Although most body parts tend to stay put, it's common for the testicles to play hide and seek, especially when emotions are running high (including when you're having sex). A trip to a men's health care provider may give you some insight into why your right nut rises up and help to settle your concerns. The cremaster muscle, a pouch that surrounds the testicles, is the likely culprit of your hiding testicle. Depending on the situation, the cremaster muscle lets your boys hang loose or reins them in tight. Perhaps you've noticed that when it's cold outside your balls seem to shrink up; that's your cremaster contracting and pulling the testicles close to your body for warmth. Similarly, the cremaster pulls the testicles in when your body is startled or aroused.

Orgasm is a total body response that elicits all kinds of reactions from the body, not just ejaculation. When you climax, it's normal for testicles to "ride up" into your body. In some males, an "overactive" cremaster muscle pulls one (or both) of the testicles all the way out of the scrotum up into the groin. This condition, called retractile testicle, may explain your experience. The cremaster reflex that causes retractile testicle is usually strongest during childhood, but lingers in some adult men. The health effects of this condition are not well known, but males with retractile testicle may be more vulnerable to testicular cancer, fertility problems, testicular torsion (twisting of the cord that connects the testicle to the groin), and damage caused by pressure against the pubic bone.

However, if a retractile testicle isn't painful and it lowers back into place relatively soon, there's probably no cause for alarm. To make sure that all is well below the belt, you may want to see an urologist or a provider who specializes in men's health. During your visit, it may be helpful to talk with your provider about when your testicle goes into hiding, where it moves in your body, how long it takes to reappear, and what sensations you feel when this happens. The provider may also perform a physical exam to explore the anatomical nature of your rising testicle.

While it may be unsettling to have one of your balls go into hiding, this disappearing act seems temporary. A health care provider can give you more information about if and why your cremaster is acting up. Alice! An overactive muscle causes a testicle to become a retractile testicle. The cremaster muscle is a thin pouch-like muscle in which a testicle rests. When the cremaster muscle contracts, it pulls the testicle up toward the body. The main purpose of the cremaster muscle is to control the temperature of the testicle. In order for a testicle to develop and function properly, it needs to be slightly cooler than normal body temperature. When the environment is warm, the cremaster muscle is relaxed; when the environment is cold, the muscle contracts and draws the testicle toward the warmth of the body.

The cremaster reflex can also be stimulated by rubbing the genitofemoral nerve on the inner thigh and by extreme emotion, such as anxiety. If the cremaster reflex is strong enough, it can result in a retractile testicle, pulling the testicle out of the scrotum and up into the groin. Some retractile testicles can become ascending testicles. This means the once-movable testicle becomes stuck in the "up position. " Contributing factors can include: Short spermatic cord. Each testicle is attached to the end of the spermatic cord, which extends down from the groin and into the scrotum.

The cord houses blood vessels, nerves and the tube that carries semen from the testicle to the penis. If growth of the spermatic cord doesn't keep pace with other body growth, the relatively short cord might pull the testicle up. Remnants of fetal tissues. Abnormal remnants of fetal tissues that created the path for normal testicular descent might affect the growth or elasticity of the spermatic cord. Scar tissue from hernia surgery. An inguinal hernia is caused by a small gap in the abdominal lining through which a portion of the intestines can protrude into the groin. Scar tissue following surgery to repair the hernia might limit the growth or elasticity of the spermatic cord. Sept. 16, 2015