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Can orchitis cause fertility problems?

By Dr. Mónica Aura Masip.
Last Update: 04/23/2020

The definition of orchitis is that of an inflammatory process affecting one or both male gonads (testicles). The causes of orchitis can be of infectious origin, traumatic or even due to the twisting of the spermatic cord. All these causes can produce a process of subfertility (diminished fertility) or infertility.

The most obvious cause of orchitis that causes infertility is mumps (caused by infection with a virus called Paramyxovirus) when it occurs in adulthood or after age 18.

When faced with a process of testicular inflammation of one or both testicles, the first treatment to be able to reverse the situation and preserve the maximum fertile capacity is to go to the doctor urgently. It should not exceed a time of 4 hours, since this will allow to establish an immediate treatment and thus preserve, in most cases, the fertile capacity of the patient.

Suggested for you: What is Testicular Orchitis? Symptoms, Causes and Treatment.

Dr. Mónica  Aura Masip
Dr. Mónica Aura Masip
Gynecologist
Dr. Mónica Aura has a degree in Medicine and General Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is also a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Hospital de Santa Creu y Sant Pau and has a Master's degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid and another in Health Center Management from the UB.
Licence number: 31588
Gynecologist. Dr. Mónica Aura has a degree in Medicine and General Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is also a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Hospital de Santa Creu y Sant Pau and has a Master's degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid and another in Health Center Management from the UB. Licence number: 31588.
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