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What is cryptorchidism?
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What is cryptorchidism?

Cryptorchidism is a testicular condition that refers to an undescended testis. It may occur in one or both testes.

It is a common cause of male infertility, as the temperature of the testicles should be lower than the overall body temperature in order for sperm production to take place.

The treatment of cryptorchidism involves a surgical procedure to reposition one or both testicles if the undescended testicle has not moved down into the scrotum naturally by the time the child is 2 years old.

By BSc, MSc (embryologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 03/28/2018
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