Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is Epididymitis?
Health conditions concerning the sexual organs are relatively common, particularly during early adulthood. Epididymitis is one such health issue that affects the male reproductive organs. Epididymitis involves the inflammation of the epididymis, or the coiled tube located at the back of the testicle that functions to store and carry sperm. The inflammation associated with epididymitis also causes pain and additional swelling of the region.
As a result of the internal inflammation, a number of other symptoms arise. Common symptoms of epididymitis include a tender and swollen scrotum, heat or warmth in the scrotum, testicle pain and tenderness and painful urination. Additional symptoms may include pain during intercourse or ejaculation, chills, fever, a noticeable lump on the testicle, swollen or enlarged lymph nodes, pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis, discharge from the penis and blood in the semen.
While any male can develop epididymitis, the condition is most common in individuals between the ages of 14 and 35. Several causes for epididymitis have been identified including sexually transmitted infections or STIs, nonsexually transmitted bacterial infection, heart medication amiodarone, tuberculosis, and urine in the epididymis. Factors contributing to the development of epididymitis include high-risk sexual behaviors, personal history of STI, past prostate or urinary tract infections, an uncircumcised penis, anatomical abnormality, certain medical procedures and prostate enlargement.
Natural Epididymitis Remedies
While epididymitis is often a painful condition, known treatments can fairly quickly remedy the condition. Natural epididymitis treatments include hamamelis viginica, colloidal silver and turmeric. Another epididymitis treatment regimen involves oil pulling, supplementing with aloe vera and NAC, drinking lemon juice and veggie juice, and avoiding carbs. Following this regimen is effective for most individuals suffering with extreme pain and inflammation. Exercise is generally effective for treating epididymitis pain as well. Oblique bends paired with a light cardiovascular workout daily can relive pain associated with the condition.
[YEA] 07/22/2013: Jack from Gloucester, Ma. Usa: "Homeopathic remedy: hamamelis virginica 30x for epididymitis:
A family member had good results with above remedy. He took a dose 30 minutes apart for three times. Followed by a dose two hours apart for three times. Followed by a dose six hours apart for three times.
He avoided all products containing mint and caffaine for the duration for the regiment and for 24 hours after symptoms had subsided. No need to awaken during the night to take remedy. Just proceed with regiment the next day. Good luck. YEA"Replies
07/25/2013: Tom from Jacksonville, Fl. replies: "Sure would like to contact this person to hear more."
10/09/2012: Nevergiveup from Phoenix, Az: "Better results tweaking protocol; first oil pull 15 minutes every morning squeeze 1 lemon into 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil; drink it with 1 NAC followed by 1 glass of water. Then take 1 capful aloe vera; then 1 yakult probitiic. wait 10 minutes.
Then 1/2 cup grapefruit juice with 1/2 cup veggies juice; (kale, carrots, celery); with 1/4 teaspoon cloves; 1 tablespoon diamactaceous earth w 1 teaspon ACV; with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper; with 2 garlic pills, vit A, vit D, beta caratene, 1 C (NO CALCIUM in this supplement) 500 mg, 1-2 Boron plls;1 oregano capsule ; all of these with no food at b fast. Collidial silver 3-4 X per day 1 tablespoon
Mid morning: drink 1 qt of water w 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Lunch: thai soup; indian food; with taking only 2 garlic capsules and 1 oregano capsule; 1-2 boron if achy bones after lunch.
3-4 PM: 2 BHT capsules with 2 capsules garlic.
Dinner: meat with fat; salad; no carbs
After dinner; homemade kefir goat milk
04/30/2013: Carlotanes from Valladoid, Spain replies: "Hello! Thanks for your help, but this really works or not? Why did you tweak it? Thanks!"
07/16/2013: Ecogenie from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "Has anyone had any help with any of these remedies for epididymitis? If you have please let us know so we can help ourselves."
09/01/2012: Nevergiveup from Phoenix, Az: "Epididymitis cure: I was fixed then 2 years later had epidymitis;
1. oil pull first thing am at least 15 minutes.
2. 1 capful aloe vera.
3. NAC (N acytel cystine) w 1 vit C
4. 1 lemon squeezed into 1/4 to 1/3 olive oil ; drink then drink 1 cup water. (do this for 5 -7 straight days; take 1-2 days break; then 4-5 straight days; then 2 days break; then go to 2-3 days on; 2 days skip)
5. Veggies juice (everyday, no skips)(perfer to use 1/4 cup cranberry juice, with 3/4 cup kale & beets juice made by you fresh , (soak kale and beets for 1 day before juicing in food grade hyd perox, 1 cap full with water) no sugar added to juice w Diamactaceous earth 1 tbspn; 1 tbspn ACV
Then coffe or espresso (1-2 cups) w 1 tbspn local honey & 1 tbspn BSM.
6. EATING b fast is Optional (recccomend first week do not eat solid foood b fast; just lunch and dinner);Garlic w eggs or eat eggs w cocounut oil or real butter; then take 1 cayenne pepper; 1 garlic pil (if not in eggs); 1-2 parasite fighters (good brand); OR DO NOT EAT; and place red bird pper (1/8 teaspn) in number 5 above. If you do not eat ; still take garlic supp, parasite fighter.
7. 3 hours later around 1030-11 am; take 1 BHT w water
8. Lunch: Eat thai food; salads; heaalthy only with iced tea. Then take; 1 vitc, 1 garlic, 1 cool cayeene red pepper pill, 1-2 parasite fighters; 1 b complex if needed for energy.
9. 330 pm-430 pm: red bird pepper 1/8 teaspoon or cayenne pepper (1/2 teaspoon) in black iced tea w 1 lemon squeezed into tea. take 1 tea bag and use for at least 4 cups of tea; weak tea mix. 4:30-5 pm BHT (1 or 2 depends on wt above) Optional after 1-2 weeks of doing number 9; you can skip tea w peper and do 1 tbspn straight BSM w 1-2 BHT (wt dependent).
10. Dinner; no supplements.
11. 1 hour before bedtime (1 acidophillus pll; 1-2 parasite busters).
Skip #11 after 2-3 weeks once condition improves dramatically. alsp drop to 1 BHT 2 X per day ebven if >220 LBS weight after 2 weeks. This works."Replies
02/12/2013: Amyk from Ptownmnusa replies: "What is a parasite buster or however you put it???"
06/26/2012: Amyk from Ptown, Mnusa: "I need some remedies please!! Has anyone had luck with anything for epididymitis?? My husband has it and he needs it gone!! TIA~~~Amy****"
08/11/2009: Hopeso from England, UK: "Epididymitis
Please Ted if you are reading this - can you help!
Or if anyone else suffers with this - is there any known cure for this mens problem. My family member has had antibiotics (twice) which seems to clear it up whilst taking them but it comes back again. Have looked on web sites with not luck. Most men are just living with the problem."
09/05/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA replies: "I know a guy who took antibiotics and currently takes colloidal silver, but still hasn't cured it. Maybe Ted's aspirin flu remedy? Is it possible to get crystals in semen? Maybe it's a PH problem? Dunno..."
09/09/2009: Ben from Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A replies: "Exercise helped with Epididymitis pain. By all means do the antibiotics first then try this exercise if you still hurt.
I suffered from Epididymitis for over four years. Different Doctors put me on different antibiotics three different times with no relief. By pure chance I found a exercise that helps with the pain. Oblique bends are done standing up straight with your feet shoulder width apart and suck your belly in. Hold a dumbbell in your left hand with your palms in. Keeping your back straight, bend to the left as far as you can, then return to the start position. After finishing your desired reps, change the weight to your other hand and repeat on the opposite side. Remember to bend only at your waist. It is best to exhale while going down and inhale on the way up. A can of soup can be used if you don't have a dumbbell. In less than a week after starting this exercise I felt better."
08/18/2010: Smp8 from Centerville, In, Usa replies: "Hi I am new to this website, but I was reading about this Epididymitis because my husband currently has it and is on his second round of antibiotics. He still has a lot of pain, he takes Ibuprofen and wears a jock strap to help with the pain... But if he takes it off or doesn't take the Ibuprofen he's in pain. Does anyone know what actually causes this? Can it be caused from a Vascetomy? Will it go away or is it once you get it, you will always have it? I read some of the few other posts and they seemed really hopeless to me. I mean if there are tons of natural healing methods/herbs/vitamins for Epilipesy (which I was also reading about because my son has Petit Mal seizures), then I really hope to find a cure for this as well. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I'm new to the whole natural way of living and I love it, so I'm still searching. Thank you."
08/19/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "This site is good for general diagnosis on many things, and here is the direct link to epididymitis:
But other than antibiotics mentioned, there's not much for "cures". Interesting is that using the browser's Menu 'Edit--Find' feature, and typing "vasectomy" in the Find box, the word is nowhere found on any of the pages! So, if the condition can be caused iatrogenically, they're not admitting to it.
Under the 'Misdiagnosis' Tab, there's this:
Misdiagnosis of Epididymitis
A prompt diagnosis and treatment of epididymitis caused by a sexually transmitted disease increases the chances of preserving fertility and preventing other complications, such as chronic epididymitis and scrotal abscess. A diagnosis of epididymitis can be missed or delayed because symptoms can be similar to symptoms of other disease and conditions, such as orchitis, urinary tract infection, testicular torsion, varicocele, and prostatitis.... More about Epididymitis
Epididymitis misdiagnosis: Epididymitis may be misdiagnosed as testicular torsion.... More about Epididymitis
I'll try again tomorrow."
08/19/2010: Isabelle from Garden Grove, Ca Usa replies: "Hello! Assuming that the body is already being alkalized, most of the time this is a bacterial connected disease, my 1st approach would be turmeric because it's easy, simple and cover a large number of causes. The best absorption for turmeric is hot liquid with fat and black pepper like in a soup. When it is not directly bacterial the turmeric might clear up indirect conditions. After 4 to 6 days without improvement check other path of healing. Check if Ted already posted a remedy. hot and cold compress with a pillow under the gluts while laying down might relieve some of the pain, ozone is interesting too: http://www.falconblanco.com/health/ozone/uses.htm. As for side effect of surgical intervention, it is a possibility and look at Serrapeptase which is an enzyme that dissolves fibrin also, castor oil pack: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/castor_oil.html. Iodine heal scars and regenerate tissues so, painting the area with lugol is worth a try. I hope you got some ideas , browse this site, it's treasure of infos! Peace!"
01/01/2011: Bluefreeze from Quincy, Ma replies: "I was recently diagnosed with this condition earlier today and I'm just researching this medical problem. I was given doxycycline twice a day for 10 days and I've currently only taken 2. I use an icepack whenever necessary and I'm about to request Flomax from my physician. I've read online that Flomax has helped in some cases. I'm going to keep taking my medication as prescriped with icing. If symptoms persist I will return to the doctors and tell them it has gotten worse. Also be sure not to masterbate or have sex while you have this condition. Hope this post helps other men out there. I am 19 years old by the way. I can't wait until I can start playing sports again."
01/04/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "It sounds like you need to go see a Chiropractor and get adjusted in the lower back, and the coccyx. I would try that and see if that works."
04/26/2011: Andy from Bristol, Uk replies: "Now that's really interesting. I have had epididymitis for about 4 or 5 weeks. Tried the doxycycline for 2 weeks... No joy. It has been preceded by 6 months of lower back pain. Instictively the 2 feel connected, but I'm not sure why? Can you expand on the chiropractor theory?"
09/12/2011: Epididymitis Sufferer from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I've been suffering from Epididymitis, on and off, for about almost 2 years. During the first few episodes, the pain was intense in the testicles, perineum, pubic/pelvic area (lymph nodes), and lower back/flank. I also had some dysfunction issues.
There are a variety of causes of Epididymitis. For chronic or repeat sufferers, the key is to determine the cause. I initially thought my issues were caused by bacterial infections, as the only time I had any effects is when my wife and I had unprotected sex. There were/are no issues when we have protected sex, which also led me to believe the cause was bacterial. After repeated testing and culturing, no STIs or abnormal bacteria could be found in either one of us. Various doctors contribute my case to a varicocele. Although I do have a varicocele, I rarely experience any pain with it unless I'm having a flare-up of Epididymitis.
A course of Antibiotics is the primary cure (usually in the family of Fluoroquinolones in newer cases, or Tetracycline in repeated cases). Something to consider: bacteria build resistance to antibiotics when they are repeatedly used. For example, if someone has taken courses of Ciproflaxin on several different occasions, it may not be effective when trying to treat a current case of Epididymitis. Have the doctor prescribe an Antibiotic that is stronger than any previously taken Antibiotic, refrain from having unprotected sex (before, during, and even after treatment), and try to identify the cause, or at least a trend, of your condition."
06/28/2012: Righton from South Bend, In replies: "Ok Guys Listen up. I got it a couple of times. The latest was at the end of May 2012. The pain radiated to my back. Dr. found nothing with blood work. He gave me a 21 day antibiotic prescription. THIS IS WHAT I CAME UP WITH. I did nothing to get this. It was not sexual. I did realize two things with me were present. #1). I was not properly hydrated. Hot weather and not enough fluids. That is never good for the kidneys, urinary tract, ect. #2). Using the toilet. This is where you may laugh but I believe this had alot to do with it. Going #2. Sitting down. When u flush the toilet the Tip of the penis may dip into the poop infested water. Bacteria gets inside and in a few short days PAIN. After hydrating and making a conscience effort to keep willy wonka clear of the toilet water I have not had anymore issues. Its worth a try. Good Luck."
08/08/2012: Al from Leavittsburg, Ohio replies: "About a year and a half ago my left testicle swelled up the size of a tennis ball. My VA doctor over the next 2 months had me on 3 antibiotics to no avail. I had been reading up on the subject as I am 61 and quite active bicycling and hiking. One of the many suggestions was the us of Flomax. The next visit to the Dr. I mentioned it and he was very receptive to the idea. He started me on 0.4mg once a day and it worked. Back in Dec 2011 I thought I could stop taking it. Wrong, in 3 week I had a major flair up. Luckily I still had some left and within days I was back to normal. Since then, on his approval I have started cutting back to one every other day and then one every third day. I had to go back to every other day as the problem started to flair up again. Since May I have lost 31#'s to see if that helps. I am currently at 198#'s. But still need the one every other day dosage."
[YEA] 07/01/2011: Kitty from Boston, Ma: "My husband has suffered with this excruciating pain several times. Prescription drugs did not help, and sometimes the pain lasted for days. I filled a plastic capsule with turmeric from the grocery store. About 3 hours later I noticed he wasn't groaning and complaining about the pain anymore. He had another capsule 6 hours later, then another the next morning and afternoon. Pain and swelling are now gone and he is making plans to golf this afternoon. This is a miracle for him, as he as NEVER recovered so quickly."Replies
06/17/2012: Amyk from Ptown, Mnusa replies: "So did the tumeric continue to work??"
08/26/2012: Ali from Rutherford, Nj replies: "Isn't Turmeric natural antibiotic ?"
12/20/2012: Thomas from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "The turmeric sounds like a really great thing to do. I would also add food enzymes and take a hand full of probiotics first thing every morning on an empty stomach. Take this info and be happy you did."
06/11/2013: Tom from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "You may also want to add some organic black pepper to the tumeric to make it work better. Also found something called MMS external spray for the scrotum. Gets to the epididymitis much faster instead of the slow by mouth method. Some essential oils work the same way but not full strength because it will burn the skin."