If you find a hard, ball or lump in your scrotum, it is most likely a cyst. Although it may shock you to come across this bump, cysts in the scrotum are more common that you may think.
Cysts occur when tissue pockets fill up with fluid. One of the most common types of cysts to be found in the scrotum is called a spermatocele. This type of cyst forms when dead sperm builds up and hardens. As gross as this may sound, this type of cyst is not cancerous and is usually nothing to worry about.
A hydrocele is another type of scrotal mass which is usually harmless. If your scrotum has been injured or infected, fluid can get backed up forming this type of cyst. A third type of common cyst in the scrotum is a hematocele. If you have recently suffered a sports injury to the groin, this cyst may be a result. A hematocele forms from blood being trapped in-between layers of tissue.
You may be wondering why it is so important to rush to the doctor's office if most of these cysts sound so harmless. The problem with cysts is, even though you may be able to feel the lump yourself, you won't know what is going on in your insides until the doctor runs some tests. In some cases, what may feel like a cyst to you, could be the beginning of a cancerous tumor growing. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health. Catching a condition early could save your life.