When you choose to book a fertility assessment at our private clinic in London, a testicular ultrasound will be provided with the care and understanding you need as part of the process, whether you are looking to take care of your health in particular or even if you are preparing to start the journey to parenthood.
Read on to find out more about testicular ultrasound scanning, and to learn what GENNET City Fertility can offer you when you choose to book a fertility assessment and have a private ultrasound scan with us.
What is a Testicular Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a medical procedure which uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. A testicular ultrasound will specifically be carried out on that part of a person’s body.
This type of ultrasound is often the first test carried out in clinics and hospitals if a doctor thinks you may have testicular cancer. This is because ultrasound scans can be used to see if a change in the anatomy is benign or filled with liquid, or more solid (which may indicate that it is a tumour).
Why Else May a Testicular Ultrasound be Performed?
While the most common reason for having an ultrasound carried out is finding a lump somewhere on your body, that is not the only reason you may choose to have a scan carried out. For example, you may be suffering from scrotal pain or even testicular torsion. This type of torsion occurs when the testicle rotates, twisting the spermatic cord that brings blood to the scrotum. The reduced blood flow from testicular torsion can cause sudden and severe pain and swelling.
Common Lumps Which May be Found During an Ultrasound
There are a number of common lump types that may be found during an ultrasound:
- Epididymis: it’s common to feel the head of the epididymis, which gives the impression of a lump
- Epididymal cyst: this is a harmless and very common type of cyst. It’s a sac with fluid found mainly on the head of the epididymis
- Epididymitis: this is an infection of the epididymis and sometimes the testis. Epididymitis is when the epididymis becomes swollen and sometimes painful. You will need antibiotic treatment if this is found to be the problem
- Hydrocoele: this is extra fluid around the testicle, which may have floating debris within the fluid. This is related to protein or cholesterol content. This lump type is benign but may need treatment if it’s large
- Intratesticular cyst: this is another form of fluid sac, but it is based inside the testis rather than the epididymis. They are more commonly benign
- Seminoma: this is a common form of testicular cancer. Seminoma is slow growing and usually found in the testes, but it has the potential to spread to the lymph nodes. Testicular seminomas are very sensitive to radiation therapy and may be treated this way
- Varicoceles: this is when the blood vessels inside the scrotal sac become dilated, and have the potential to affect sperm quality as they increase the temperature inside the sac itself. They can also cause discomfort.
Who May Choose to Attend Our Clinic?
Often, a patient experiencing fertility issues will need a scan as part of their fertility assessment. By carrying out a testicular ultrasound on these patients, our specialists may be able to see lesions inside the testes that might not otherwise be felt upon examination.
How We’ll Perform a Testicular Ultrasound
The procedure itself will be fairly easy, and we should begin by noting that while you may notice some discomfort or pressure, you should not be in any pain during the ultrasound.
You will need to remove your lower clothing and will be asked to lie down for the process. The entire appointment should take about half an hour, with the ultrasound itself lasting as little as 10 minutes.
Our specialist will begin by applying a warm, water-based gel to your scrotum. This helps the probe, also called a “transducer”, to move over your skin. Moving it around will help to form the image, which our team can then review once the ultrasound has finished.
Preparing for Your Ultrasound
Typically, there won’t be any special preparation you need to do in order to have a scrotal ultrasound. For instance, you won’t need to fast, restrict any particular food items from your diet, or worry about having a full bladder before the exam takes place (however, you may wish to take care of the latter first purely for your own comfort).
You may also wish to discuss any particular medication you are taking with our specialist before the procedure.
After Your Ultrasound
As the NHS notes, there should be no side effects after you’ve received your testicular ultrasound scan. You will be able to leave the clinic, drive, eat, drink, and resume any other ordinary activities right away.
If you believe there is a problem, or if a problem is found during your testicular or scrotal ultrasound, we may recommend that you choose to have your sperm frozen and preserved for future use. This may allow you to have a family in the event of further procedures or diagnoses which could make this unlikely or even impossible in the future.
To find out more about this, please see our page on Male Fertility Preservation.
How Much Will a Testicular Ultrasound Cost?
A Testicular Ultrasound, also labelled a Scrotal Scan in our records, will cost £150 to perform.
Our accepted payment methods for this process are debit and credit cards (American Express only up to £750 per invoice), and bank transfers. However, you will not have to worry about this before your consultation. We will be more than happy to discuss payment details in greater depth during your consultation, once we’ve talked about what you can expect from the procedure.
Contact Us to Book an Assessment at GENNET City Fertility
If you would like to receive a full fertility assessment, with testicular ultrasound included, please don’t hesitate to contact us and book your space in our One Stop Male Fertility Clinic. You’ll be met by a discreet and understanding specialist, who will be able to offer you a comprehensive examination, general advice, and treatment options based on results you’ll receive right away.
Whether you are planning on starting the journey to parenthood, or even if you just want to take care of your health and fertility for the future, we will be there to help in any way we can.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a Testicular Ultrasound Embarrassing?
Any testicular ultrasound carried out will be handled completely professionally, with full regard to the patient’s comfort and wellbeing. That being said, we do understand that having this type of procedure carried out can be considered embarrassing to the patient, as it does deal directly with the most delicate parts of a person’s anatomy. As such, we will do everything we can to make any patient as comfortable as possible before the procedure and during the ultrasound itself.
You may also benefit from speaking to our specialists if you have any particular concerns. Many may feel the procedure is embarrassing, but it is always important to remember that it is being carried out for the benefit of your health, so there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Do You Have to Shave for a Testicular Ultrasound?
You will not be required to shave for a testicular ultrasound, though some may suggest that it can be beneficial. Having too much hair can sometimes act as a barrier which prevents sound penetration, so having less of it may make the procedure less difficult to accomplish and can allow the specialist to spot any potential problems a little more quickly.
What is the Waiting Time for a Testicular Ultrasound?
How long you’ll have to wait to have your ultrasound may depend on the hospital or clinic you’re booked in with. If this is an NHS appointment, you may have to wait for six weeks or more, depending on the waiting times in your local area. These times may also fluctuate and grow, if there are any sudden surges of patients.
If you choose to have an assessment carried out through a private clinic, such as our own here at GENNET City Fertility, you can expect to see a specialist far sooner. You will be able to book your appointment on a day of your choosing and have it carried out as soon as possible.
How Long do the Results of a Testicular Ultrasound Take?
With our clinic, you will know the results of any testicular ultrasound you have right away. Once the procedure is complete, our specialist will be able to talk you through any next steps in treatment (if necessary), and may potentially recommend changes if these could help you to increase your chances of successfully conceiving.
Can an Ultrasound Miss Testicular Cancer?
While a testicular ultrasound can help to detect issues such as cancer, they are not always the only procedure a patient will need for a diagnosis to be made. In these cases, other tests may be ordered to offer a second opinion and peace of mind.
Whether you are receiving treatment via the NHS or a private clinic, a doctor may also recommend surgery if the scan reveals an abnormality in your anatomy which should be taken care of.
You may rest assured that our experienced team will do everything necessary to provide you with the care you need, including taking every precaution available if something is found during your own ultrasound scan.